Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns are eaten around Easter in England and I miss that tradition so decided to make some of my own. I’ve been solely using Bob’s Red Mill flour recently and made these using that instead of white flour and honestly I think they were way better! Plus these are unprocessed and without refined sugar proving you can have your hot cross bun and eat it!

I made my hot cross buns in a breadmaker but I dare say you could make it by kneading the ingredients together but this recipe is for the dough to be made in your breadmaker so dust it off!

Hot Cross Bun Ingredients

3/4 of a cup of milk
1/4 cup of butter
3 cups of flour (I love Bob’s Red Mills wheat)
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 tsp ground nutmeg
3 TBS honey
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp yeast
1/2 cup of raisins
1/3 cup of orange peel
1 beaten egg
1 TBS water
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp water

Hot Cross Bun Directions

  1. Add the above ingredients to your bread machine in the order specified on your bread maker. Mine is the milk and yeast on bottom then the rest on top.
  2. Make the dough cycle.
  3. Remove and Knead in raisins and orange peel then and cover and let it rest for 10 minutes.

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  • Separate the dough into 18 buns. Roll each into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet.
  • Cover and let rise 45 minutes or until nearly double.
  • Using scissors cut a small cross on the top of each one and then brush with 1 egg and water.

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  • Bake in oven at 375 for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  • In the meantime combine the lemon juice, water and sugar into a light icing.
  • brush the icing over each bun after cooking and serve!

A History of Hot Cross Buns

In many historically Christian countries, the buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of the crucifixion. The first recorded use of the term ” hot cross bun” is not until 1733. According to food historian Elizabeth David, the buns were seen by Protestant English monarchs as a dangerous hold over of Catholic belief in England, being baked from the consecrated dough used in making the communion wafer. Protestant England attempted to ban the sale of the buns by bakers but they were too popular, and instead Elizabeth I passed a law permitting bakeries to sell them, but only at Easter and Christmas.

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Lyrics to the Song Hot Cross Buns

“Hot Cross Buns” is an English language nursery rhyme, Easter song and street cry referring to the Hot Cross Bun.

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha’ penny, two ha’ penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha’ penny,
Two ha’ penny,
Hot Cross Buns!

Resurrection Rolls

You may also like to make these Resurrection Rolls on Sunday morning to celebrate that Jesus is alive!


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