5 from 6 votes
Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Idle Time
5 hrs
Total Time
30 mins
Hot Cross Buns are a traditional British treat reserved for Good Friday. They are lightly spiced yeasted sweet bun. Hot Cross Buns are studded with currants or raisins, and marked top with a cross that's either etched into the dough, or piped in icing.
Course: Bread, Brunch
Cuisine: British
Servings: 15 Hot Cross Buns
Calories: 170 kcal
Author: Chula King
Hot Cross Bun Dough
  • 1 large egg beaten, plus enough water to equal 7 ounces (1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons to 3/4 cup )
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) whole milk
  • 1/4 cup (1.75 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick, 2 ounces) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 3 cups (15 ounces) bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon instant yeast
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) currants*
  • 1/3 cup (1.67 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
Egg Wash
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 egg
  1. Combine all dough ingredients except for currants in pan of bread pan in the order listed. Set select dough cycle.

  2. Once dough has come together add currants.

  3. Transfer dough from bread machine at completion of dough cycle to a floured surface. Divide dough into 16 pieces ( ounces each). Form into ball; place on parchment of silicon lined baking sheet, leaving space between balls to allow for rising. (I put 8 per baking sheet.)

  4. Preheat oven to 350° F. 

  5. Allow to rise for 20 minutes in a warm location.** Pipe cross on buns. Allow buns to rise additional 60 to 90 minutes, or until doubled in size from original ball. 

  6. Bake in 350° F preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with egg wash made with 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Return to oven and cook for additional 10 minutes.

  1. Combine flour and water in a small bowl until mixture is thick enough to hold its shape but thin enough to pipe. Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with #5 round tip. Set aside.

Chula's Expert Tips

*Can use raisins in place of the currants.

**I always turn my electric oven on for exactly 1 minute and 45 seconds to create the perfect environment for bread and rolls to rise. I learned this trick from Julia Child!

Note: For more traditional Hot Cross Buns, omit the egg wash, and brush with a simple syrup when removed from oven. To make a simple syrup, combine 2 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.

Nutrition Facts
Hot Cross Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 258mg11%
Potassium 76mg2%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 10.1mg12%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.