Hot cross buns are a delicious Easter tradition that is enjoyed around the world. They are soft, spiced, and studded with raisins or currants, and topped with a sweet glaze. In this recipe blog post, we will show you how to make hot cross buns from scratch.
For the dough:
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup raisins or currants
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm milk
- 2 eggs
For the cross:
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup water
For the glaze:
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
- Add the butter and use your fingertips to rub it into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Stir in the raisins or currants.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the yeast and warm milk until the yeast is dissolved.
- Add the yeast mixture and eggs to the flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with a clean towel. Let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F.
- Punch down the dough and divide it into 12-15 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place them on a greased baking sheet.
- Cover the buns with a clean towel and let them rise for another 30 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and water to make a paste. Spoon the paste into a piping bag and pipe a cross onto each bun.
- Bake the buns for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk to make a glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the buns while they are still warm.
- For a spicier flavor, you can add more cinnamon or nutmeg to the dough.
- You can substitute the raisins or currants with chopped dried apricots, cranberries, or cherries.
- These hot cross buns are best served warm with a dollop of butter.
In conclusion, hot cross buns are a delightful Easter treat that is perfect for sharing with friends and family. With this easy-to-follow recipe, you can make delicious hot cross buns from scratch and impress your guests with your baking skills