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Hot Cross Buns
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Hot Cross Buns

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Idle Time5 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Bread, Brunch
Cuisine: British
Servings: 15 Hot Cross Buns
Calories: 170kcal
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


  • Combine all dough ingredients except for currants in pan of bread pan in the order listed. Set select dough cycle.
  • Once dough has come together add currants.
  • 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.)
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.


  • 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.


*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.


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 76mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 10.1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.7mg