• prep: 3 hr 25 min
  • cook: 22 min
  • total: 3 hr 47 min
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  • Summary

    Learn how to make soft and flavorful hot cross buns using this deliciously spiced yeast dough. Each bun is marked with a traditional cross, baked until golden, then topped with orange icing. See recipe notes for icing cross alternative, as well as freezing and make-ahead instructions.

    Ingredients

    • 3/4 cup (180ml) whole milk, warmed to about 110°F
    • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast or instant yeast (1 standard packet)
    • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
    • 5 Tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature and cut into 5 pieces
    • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 3 and 1/2 cups (435g) all-purpose flour or bread flour (spoon & leveled)*
    • 1 cup (140g) raisins or currants*
    • 1/2 cup (60g) all-purpose flour or bread flour
    • 6-8 Tablespoons (90-120ml) water
    • 1 cup (120g) confectioners’ sugar
    • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) fresh or bottled orange juice (or use milk and a splash of vanilla extract for plain icing)

    Instructions

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    Nutritional Info
    ESHA
    • Servings Per Recipe: 14
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 0 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 0 g 0%
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g 0%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
    • Sodium: 0 mg 0%
    • Calcium: 0 mg 0%
    • Potassium: 0 mg 0%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 0 mg 0%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 0 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 0 g 0%
    • Sugar: 0 g
    • Protein: 0 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 0%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat0
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch0
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
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    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
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