Hot Cross Buns are a traditional favorite for Good Friday, Easter, and throughout the Lent season, but they are enjoyable year-round. Yeasty rolls are filled with currants or raisins and nuts, then topped with a cross of icing. In spite of the raisins and icing, these are not sweet rolls. The hazelnuts are optional.
Hot Cross Buns Recipe
3-3/4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup cooking oil
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
3 large eggs
2/3 cup currants or raisins
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (filberts) (optional)
1 slightly beaten egg white
1 cup sifted powdered confectioners’ sugar
1 Tablespoon hazelnut liqueur or milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Additional milk as needed
In a large mixing bowl combine 1-1/2 cups of the flour, the yeast, and cinnamon. In a small saucepan heat and stir 3/4 cup milk, the oil, granulated sugar, and salt until warm (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F). Add to flour mixture along with whole eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.
Using a spoon, stir in currants or raisins, hazelnuts (if desired), and as much of the remaining flour as you can mix in with a wooden spoon. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place dough in a greased bowl; turn once to grease surface. Cover and let rise until nearly double (about 1-1/2 hours).
Punch dough down. Turn out onto a floured surface. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Divide dough into 20 portions; shape each portion into a smooth ball. Place balls 1-1/2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until nearly double (30 to 45 minutes). With a sharp knife, make a shallow crisscross slash across each bun. Brush with egg white. Bake in a 375-degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly.
In a mixing bowl combine sifted powdered sugar, hazelnuts liqueur or milk, and vanilla. Stir in milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it reaches drizzling consistency. Drizzle buns with icing. Serve warm.
Yield: 20 buns
Nutritional facts per serving:
Total fat: 7g ,
Saturated fat: 1g
Recipe Source: “Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book” by Better Homes and Gardens; 14 edition (October 2, 2007)
Reprinted with express permission.
Hot Cross Buns Recipe Photo ©2018 Peggy Filippone