Hot Cross Buns from England

Hot Cross Buns are spiced sweet buns from England and marked with a cross on the top. These are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. I have been having these listed on my todo list for a long time and felt so happy finally striking off my list.

I made these last week on Sunday and enjoyed it as a snack. Peddu loved it so much that he completed most of it right away. I adapted mine from Veena’s and in fact while there were getting baked, I was talking to her, telling her that my H were a success and so wanted to share the fact. But the surprise is an exciting element and hence kept quiet.

I never knew about other versions of these buns until Priya Suresh posted her Orange and Chocolate Hot cross buns and that’s on my list now.

Though for now, please enjoy these.

Today is H for Hot Cross Bun from England

In the ABC Bake around the World series:

A for Afghan Biscuit from New Zealand
B for Brownie from the United States
C for Cheese Crackers with Parmesan from Italy
D for Devil’s Food Cake from the United States
E for English Muffin Bread from the United Kingdom
F for Fougasse from France
G for Garlic Bread from India


Hot Cross Buns from England

For The Buns

2 cups All Purpose Flour + 2 tbsp after kneading
2 tsp Instant Yeast
1/3 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Milk Warm
1/4 cup Butter soft at room temperature
1/4 tsp Cinnamon Powder
2 pinches Clove powder
1/2 cup Raisins
1/2 tsp Salt

For the Cross

1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
2tsp Sugar
1tbsp Water

For the Buns

In a wide bowl, take the warm milk, add melted butter, sugar, cinnamon powder, clove, raisins and whisk well.
Next add the flour and the yeast to the warm liquid and combine everything.
Knead the dough to a soft pliable consistency.
Continue kneading, if you require more flour, add another tablespoon flour or little water. continue kneading. I had to add 2 tbsp flour and water to get the right consistency.
Transfer the dough to a counter and knead again to a smooth pliable dough.
Place the dough in a well oiled bowl. Cover with a cling wrap. Let it rest for 1 1/2 hrs or till it doubles in volume.
Take out the dough, make small balls, I made about 8 balls, place it on a parchment paper or on a buttered tray. I preheated the oven and switched off before placing the dough inside. Let it rise for 45 minutes.

For the Cross

Make a smooth paste with all purpose flour, sugar and water for the cross. The consistency should be that it can be piped. Add water as required. Transfer this paste to a piping bag and pipe cross on each bun.
Preheat the oven to 200 C and bake these buns for 20-25 minutes
Transfer it to a wire rack and brush them with butter
Serve warm.

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Hot Cross Buns from England
Hot cross buns are spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins and marked with a cross on the top, traditionally eaten on Good Friday. These make a delicious snack to enjoy.
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Course Snacks
Cuisine British
By Cook Method Oven
Occasion Easter
By Diet Kid Friendly
Dish Type Eggless Breads
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For the Buns
For the Cross
Course Snacks
Cuisine British
By Cook Method Oven
Occasion Easter
By Diet Kid Friendly
Dish Type Eggless Breads
Servings
Ingredients
For the Buns
For the Cross
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Instructions
For the Buns
  1. In a wide bowl, take the warm milk, add melted butter, sugar, cinnamon powder, clove, raisins and whisk well.
  2. Next, add the flour and the yeast to the warm liquid and combine everything.
  3. Knead the dough to a soft pliable consistency.
  4. Continue kneading, if you require more flour, add another tablespoon flour or little water. continue kneading. I had to add 2 tbsp flour and water to get the right consistency.
  5. Transfer the dough to a counter and knead again to a smooth pliable dough.
  6. Place the dough in a well oiled bowl. Cover with a cling wrap. Let it rest for 1 1/2 hrs or till it doubles in volume.
  7. Take out the dough, make small balls, I made about 8 balls, place it on a parchment paper or on a buttered tray. I preheated the oven and switched off before placing the dough inside. Let it rise for 45 minutes.
For the Cross
  1. Make a smooth paste with all purpose flour, sugar and water for the cross. The consistency should be that it can be piped. Add water as required. Transfer this paste to a piping bag and pipe cross on each bun.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 C and bake these buns for 20-25 minutes
  3. Transfer it to a wire rack and brush them with butter
  4. Serve warm.
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14 comments

  1. Wow ! Beautiful baked buns ! I am drooling over these buns Valli , they look perfectly baked , the golden crust and those crosses , wow !
    Trust me I could barge in and pick some right away .👌

  2. Wow these look lovely! They are on my list too but with so many breads and bakes at once, I decided to keep these away from the marathon list. Gorgeous color on the buns!

  3. Lovely buns.. remind me of the nursery rhyme. Hot cross buns Hot cross buns.. one a penny two a penny hot cross buns …
    Jokes apart.. I will make them soon.

  4. How beautiful they looks, just with prefect crust and crumb. Do give a try to Orange and chocolate chips hot cross buns Valli, and do let me know. Prefect choice for H..

  5. Hot cross buns were on my list too but I couldn’t make them. But you are tempting me to make them soon. Those buns look so soft, fluffy and delicious.

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