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Homemade Hot Cross Buns Recipe: Tips and Tricks for Perfect Buns

I. Introduction

Hot cross buns are a beloved Easter tradition, and what better way to celebrate the holiday than by baking your own batch? In this blog post, we’ll provide a homemade hot cross buns recipe with tips and tricks for achieving perfectly fluffy, delicious buns. We’ll also provide images to make the recipe even more accessible and easy to follow.

There are many great hot cross buns recipes out there, but the “best” recipe will depend on your personal preferences. That being said, here is a basic recipe for hot cross buns that has received many positive reviews:


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup raisins or currants
  • 1/4 cup mixed candied fruit peel

For the cross:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water

For the glaze:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the milk and butter over low heat until the butter has melted and the mixture is warm.
  3. Add the warm milk mixture and eggs to the dry ingredients, and mix until a sticky dough forms.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean towel, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour.
  6. Punch down the dough, then knead in the raisins or currants and candied fruit peel.
  7. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, and shape each piece into a ball.
  8. Place the buns on a greased baking sheet, cover with a clean towel, and let rise for another 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  10. For the cross, mix the flour and water together to form a paste. Transfer to a piping bag and pipe a cross onto each bun.
  11. Bake the buns for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned.
  12. For the glaze, heat the sugar and water together in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Brush the glaze over the buns while they are still warm.
  13. Serve the hot cross buns warm or at room temperature.

Enjoy your homemade hot cross buns!

II. Ingredients

To make hot cross buns, you’ll need flour, yeast, sugar, milk, butter, eggs, and a few other basic ingredients. We’ll provide a detailed list of everything you need, and we’ll also discuss the importance of using high-quality ingredients for the best results. We’ll also offer substitutions for common allergens or dietary restrictions, so everyone can enjoy these delicious buns. We’ll include images of the ingredients and substitutions to make it easy to follow along.

III. Instructions

We’ll provide a step-by-step guide to making the dough and forming the buns. Our instructions will include helpful tips for kneading, rising, and shaping the dough, and we’ll also offer suggestions for variations and additions to the basic recipe. Whether you want to add raisins, currants, or citrus zest to your buns, we’ll show you how to incorporate these flavors. We’ll include images of each step of the process to make it easy to follow.

IV. Cross and Glaze


The cross on top of hot cross buns is a traditional symbol of Christianity, and we’ll show you how to create it using a flour-and-water paste or a sugar glaze. We’ll also offer tips for achieving a beautiful, shiny glaze, and we’ll provide suggestions for flavor variations in the glaze, such as using orange juice or honey. We’ll include images of the glazing process to make it easy to follow.

V. Baking and Serving

We’ll discuss the optimal baking time and temperature for hot cross buns, and we’ll offer suggestions for serving and storing the buns. We’ll also provide ideas for incorporating hot cross buns into other recipes, like bread pudding or French toast, so you can make the most of your delicious buns. We’ll include images of the finished buns and serving suggestions to inspire creativity.

VI. Troubleshooting


Baking can sometimes be tricky, but we’ll address common issues that may arise when making hot cross buns, such as dough that doesn’t rise or buns that come out too dry or too dense. We’ll offer solutions and tips for avoiding these problems in the future, so you can perfect your hot cross buns. We’ll include images of troubleshooting examples to help identify and address potential issues.

VII. Conclusion

In conclusion, our homemade hot cross buns recipe is a delicious and festive way to celebrate Easter. By following our tips and tricks, you can achieve perfectly fluffy and flavorful buns that are sure to impress your friends and family. We encourage you to try making hot cross buns at home and to experiment with your own variations and additions. Happy baking, and happy Easter season! We’ll include a final image of the finished buns to inspire readers to give the recipe a try.


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