For Good Friday: Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are traditionally served on Good Friday, but they are good any time. This recipe will make 2 1/2 dozen buns.


2 packages active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water

1 cup warm milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup softened butter or margarine

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

6 1/2 to 7 cups all-purpose flour

4 eggs

1/2 cup dried currents

1/2 cup raisins


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2 Tablespoons water

1 egg yolk


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1 recipe Icing (below)


hot-cross-bunsHave the water and milk at 110-115 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add the warm milk sugar, butter, vanilla, salt, nutmeg, and 3 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating the mixture well after each addition. Stir in the dried fruit and enough flour to make a soft dough.


Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and turn over to grease the top. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.


Punch the dough down and shape into 30 balls.

Place on greased baking sheets.

Using a sharp knife, cut a cross or X on the top of each roll.

Cover again and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Beat the water and egg yolk together and brush over the rolls.

stjohn.jpgBake at 375-degrees F. for 12 to 15 minutes.

Cool on wire racks.

Drizzle icing over the top of each roll following the lines of the cut cross.


ICING: Combine 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 4 teaspoons milk or cream, a dash of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir until smooth. Adjust sugar and milk to make a mixture, which flows easily.


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17 thoughts on “For Good Friday: Hot Cross Buns”

  1. Oh my goodness my tummy is warm already from them can’t wait to make them…. Can I go home now so I can get started???

  2. Yummo, Cheryl. Sadly, I’m terrified of anything that uses yeast 🙂 But maybe I’ll get brave since I totally love hot cross buns.

    Have a blessed Easter to you and all the fillies. Thanks for being my friend!


  3. My mom always makes Hot Cross Buns for easter. What a sentimental journey. Thanks for the recipe, Cheryl and most importantly the pictures of the delicious buns. Yum!

  4. Those look good. I must try them sometime. But since those pictures made me hungry, I have to go to eat a couple of cinnamon buns…

  5. Oh Cheryl you are so nice!! Don’t think that will happen here it is my long day!!! But hoping to make them tonight or tomorrow.

  6. Thanks for the recipe, Cheryl! These would be
    great for a breakfast or brunch! Will be giving
    the recipe a try-out. A blessed Easter to all!

    Pat Cochran

  7. Every year I promise myself I’ll make them. They are so good. Maybe this year I’ll do it. Since I have Friday and Saturday off, I might do it.
    Hope all of you at Petticoats and Pistols plus all your “visitors” have a wonderful spring holiday .

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