Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hot Cross Buns for Good Friday

My kids are really excited about making Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday. I figured I would go ahead and post the recipe for these delicious treats if you wanted to also make them on Friday (or any other time).

Along with the Resurrection Rolls, these buns are another great way to help kids understand the Easter story.

Hot Cross Buns


¾ cup scalded milk
3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
¾ cup dried plums, currants or raisins
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Put milk into a saucepan and scald it. Let it cool until it’s lukewarm.

Add warm milk, butter, sugar, salt, one egg + one egg white (save the yolk to coat the buns later), flour, and yeast in bread maker to mix and knead.

When the kneading cycle is almost finished (some machines beep at this point), add the raisins and cinnamon.

When dough cycle is completed remove the dough from bread maker and press it out on a floured surface.

Cover it and let rest 10 minutes.

Shape dough into 12 balls and place them in a greased 9 x 12 inch pan.

Cover the pan and let the dough rise in a warm place 30-40 minutes, until doubled.

Mix the egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water and brush on buns.

Bake at 375ยบ F for 20 minutes and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Frosting Recipe


½ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoons milk or water

Mix together confectioners’ sugar and milk.

When the buns have cooled completely brush frosting on each bun making a cross.