I'm sharing one of my favourite recipes with you guys today! I LOVE Hot Cross Buns!! Just in time to make them next Friday for Good Friday!
I mean, what could be better than a warm homemade bun filled with yummy spices and currants and topped with a lovely butter icing?!
Over the past few years around Easter, I have seen many Hot Cross Buns for sale at the grocery store as well as recipes for them that have a cross made of a white flour and water dough instead of icing. How could people eat these buns without the icing!?! Isn't the icing everyone's favourite part!?!? When I was little, I would only eat Hot Cross Buns for the icing!! I have now come to appreciate and fully enjoy every part of these delicious seasonal treats!
Since I couldn't find any with icing, I decided that I must make them myself! And that's exactly what I did. I made these for the first time 3 years ago and have made them every Easter since then!
I use dried currants in my buns but you could use raisins or candied citrus peel if you prefer.
These buns also smell AMAZING when they are baking!! Speaking of baking, they only take 15 minutes in the oven!
Make these Hot Cross Buns this Easter, you won't be disappointed!
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Hot Cross Buns
For the Dough:
- ¾ cup warm milk (110℉)
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
- 3 - 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup dried currants
- zest of 1 orange
For the Egg Wash:
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
For the Icing:
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
- 1 - 1 ½ tablespoons milk
- Stir together the warm milk and sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let sit for 10 minutes, it should bubble and get frothy. Next, add 3 cups of the flour, salt, spices, and (more) sugar in a large bowl and whisk until well combined. Add the butter, eggs, frothy yeast/milk mixture, currants, and orange zest and stir until it forms a loose ball of dough, adding more flour as needed. Knead the dough for 10 minutes, it will still be slightly sticky. Place in a greased bowl and let rise covered for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, press down the dough to deflate and cut in half and then cut each half into 8 equal pieces, making 16 in total. Shape each piece of dough into a bun and place 1 ½ inches apart on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper OR arrange in a greased 9X13-inch baking pan for soft-edged buns. Cut a cross into the top of each bun using a serrated knife. Cover and let rise for another 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400℉. Whisk together the egg and water to make an egg wash. When the buns are done rising, brush the tops with the egg wash and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. While the buns are cooling down slightly, whisk together the melted butter, powdered sugar, and milk to combine. Fill a sandwich bag with the icing and snip off a small hole in the corner and pipe into the cross cuts on the mostly cooled buns. These buns are great served while still warm. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes
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