These slightly sweet rolls, filled with dried fruits and spices, are the perfect compliment to any Easter dinner. Serve them immediately out of the oven for truly soft, tender rolls.
If you want easy, delicious, no-fuss hot cross buns for Easter, give this recipe a try! This Easter classic is a delicate sweet yeast roll filled with orange zest, dried currants, and a beautiful assortment of baking spices. You’ll want to splurge on cardamom if you don’t already have it in your spice cabinet. Although some yeast bread are notoriously time-consuming and finicky, this recipe is practically fool-proof! Start a new family Easter tradition with this aromatic hot cross bun recipe.
Hot Cross Buns Basics
If you are new to homemade bread making then you’re in for quite the treat! With just a few simple steps, you are on your way to making an irresistible batch of Hot Cross Buns. To get started, you’ll need a large mixing bowl like our GoodCook Gourmet Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl. A generous-sized bowl will ensure there is plenty of room for the dough to rise. Combine the ingredients as directed and knead the dough until soft and pliable. If the dough feels sticky to the touch, you need not worry, just add flour – a teaspoon at a time – until you get the texture just right. Once the dough is mixed, set aside in a warm corner of your kitchen, cover with a dishtowel and allow to rise for about an hour.
While the dough is resting, prepare your Good Cook AirPerfect Nonstick Half-Sheet Cake Pan and the egg wash, a mix of egg and milk. Once the dough has doubled in size, you are ready to divide into rolls. The recipe will make about 18-24 rolls depending on your preferred size. With the dough divided, brush with the egg wash and return to the warm kitchen corner to double in size, once again.
Once the rolls have risen, you are ready to bake! Set the timer, prepare the frosting and get ready to enjoy this soft and delicious Easter treat.
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Hot Cross Buns
Soft and sweet, these rolls will be the highlight of your Easter menu.
- 1 (1.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1 cup very warm water
- 4 - 5 cups flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons butter
- zest of 1 orange
- 3/4 cup dried currants
- 1 egg, well beaten with 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 to 4 tablespoons milk
In a large bowl, whisk together water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy. Using a whisk, mix in half the flour, the salt, spices, sugar, butter, and orange zest. With a wooden spoon, stir the mixture and add enough flour to make the mixture soft and pliable (but not sticky). Add the currants, then knead the dough until elastic. Place in a large, greased bowl. Cover with a towel and allow to rise in a warm, dry location for about 1 hour, or until double in bulk.
Separate dough into 18-24 small pieces. Roll into balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to brush the top of each roll with egg & milk mixture. Allow rolls to rise until double in bulk, about 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls in preheated oven for 16-22 minutes, or until light golden brown. Remove and cool completely before frosting.
For frosting: beat together butter, powdered sugar, and milk. Place in a pastry bag. Pipe in a cross over the top of each cooled bun. Serve and enjoy!