Hot Cross Buns – An Easter Bread Tradition
As I looked toward the Easter Holiday, I needed the perfect Easter food. Everything I’d made before seemed so blah, blah, blah to me. Maybe because I make the same things every year. Then, it came to me! Hot cross buns! Traditionally, they’re made on Good Friday and it’s said that if you share one with a friend, your friendship will be solid for the rest of the year. Well, I’m sharing mine with YOU. May our friendship stay constant throughout the year and beyond. HAPPY EASTER!!!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 ¾ tsp yeast
- 2 ½ Tbs sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 large eggs
- 3 Tbs milk
- 1 stick of butter, cut into pieces
- 1 bag dried mixed fruit (5 ounces)
How to Make Hot Cross Buns
- Combine the flour and the yeast together and mix thoroughly.
- Add sugar and salt and stir together again.
- Beat the eggs and combine with the milk and add to the flour mixture in a well in the bowl.
- Mix together and add the butter a few pats at a time as you go.
- Once all the butter has been incorporated, the dough will be loose, pour the dough out onto a liberally floured board.
- Flour the top of the dough lightly and knead the dough, folding it in on itself until the dough becomes thick enough to knead with your hands. TIP: lighter is better than heavier when it comes to dough. It should be heavy enough to form, but light enough so that it retains some stickiness.
- Flatten the dough and put a layer of dried fruit over the top.
- Knead into the dough. If you still have some to add, re-flatten and sprinkle the rest over the dough and incorporate.
- Form a ball and put into greased bowl to rise for 45 minutes.
- Pour dough ball out onto lightly floured surface and knead and flatten into a disk.
- Cut into 12 equal parts with a knife and form individual dough balls for buns by folding the dough under itself.
- Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
- Cover and set on the stove while you preheat oven to 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
- Brush with an egg wash and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. You can tell if they’re done by the golden brown color when they’re fully baked.
- Cool the buns completely and then make the icing for the crosses.
How to Make the Icing for Hot Cross Buns
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbs. half and half
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Mix together. if it seems too thick, add a bit more half and half. Put the icing in a bag and snip the end to pipe on the icing as a cross across each bun.
The Finished Product
What do you think? Will you make these this Easter?