Make your own Hot Cross Buns this Easter
There’s nothing better than a hot cross bun straight out of the oven… Warm, sweet and delicious! Making your own hot cross buns avoids the problem of many store-made buns using trans-fats or other fats that are not good for your health.
Here’s a simple and delicious recipe, completely fool-proof.
Ingredients for buns:
1 package of dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water plus 2 tablespoons of water
3/4 cup of milk
½ cup of butter
2 tablespoons of honey, plus more for glazing
1 teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of nutmeg
2/3 cup raisins
4 cups of flour (plus more if dough is too wet)
Ingredients for frosting:
1 cup confectioner sugar
2 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon of honey
Combine dry yeast and 1/4 cup warm water.
Warm over low the milk, butter, salt and 2 tablespoons of honey until the butter has melted. (Do not let it come to a boil!) Add to yeast mixture.
Whisk in cinnamon, nutmeg and eggs into the mixture. Add 2/3 cup raisins and slowly add the ﬂour, one cup at a time.
Knead on a lightly floured surface for five minutes until the dough is smooth and resilient.
Let rise covered in greased bowl until double. Then punch down the dough and divide into 24 balls and place, sides touching, in a greased and ﬂoured 13x9x2 pan and let rise again. With a sharp knife, cut crosses into each bun.
Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.
Glaze with honey (as much or as little as you like) and bake five minutes more. Meanwhile, stir together the confectioner sugar, the honey and the two tablespoons of water to make the frosting. When you take the buns out of the oven, cool for 10 minutes, then cross each bun with the frosting.
Makes 24. Absolutely divine!