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Hot Cross Buns!

Written By Srimathi Mani on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | 2:06 PM

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha' penny, two ha' penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha' penny,
Two ha' penny,
Hot Cross Buns!

Every time I think hot cross buns, I am reminded of this nursery rhyme.Well, I have never tasted them or seen them until I peeked into this book my friend Dhanu gifted me. It had hot cross buns recipe which got me very excited. I wanted to taste them for the nursery rhyme sakes.The photos in the Home Baking book looked mouth watering. I changed the recipe a bit and substituted all purpose flour and whole wheat white flour for bread flour as my pantry was not stocked with bread flour. When the buns came out of the oven they looked and tasted good.To me it tasted like raisin cinnamon bread. What my daughter and I liked most in the bun was the cross on top. Its texture was so flaky and buttery.This is my entry to Tangerine Kitchen's Bread Baking Day:Bread Buns Event, Yeast spotting Event hosted by Wild Yeast and BangalorBaker's Baked Foods Event.


Cookie baking tray
Dough hook attached electric mixer or use your hands
Pastry brush
Cutting board
Lemon zester

Ingredients: Makes 12 hot cross buns:

Dry Ingredients:
Whole Wheat White Flour - 2 cups
All Purpose Flour - 2
Salt - 1/2 tsp
All Spice Powder - 2 tsp
Nutmeg Powder - 1 tsp
Cinnamon Powder - 1 tsp
Active Dry Yeast - 2 1/2 tsp
Browned Cane Sugar - 1/2 cup
Zest of lemon - 1 whole lemon
Currants - 1 cup
Candied fruit - 1/2 cup

Wet Ingredients:
Egg - 1
Milk - 1 cup
Butter - 6 tbsp
Oil -1 tbsp

Cross Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour - 6 tbsp
Butter - 2 tbsp
Cold Water - 1 tbsp

Glaze Ingredients:
Milk - 3 tbsp
Browned Cane sugar - 3 tbsp


1. In a big bowl add all the dry ingredients and mix well to mix the spices well.

2. Melt the butter, warm the milk to room temperature. Mix this together and add eggs and beat well. Add to dry ingredients.

3. Attach a dough hook to the electric mixer and knead the dough for 5 minutes.

4. Place in a oiled bowl cover and allow for the double itself. About 2 hrs.

5. Transfer the dough into a work surface, divide the dough into 12 parts and shape them into balls.

6. Make the cross dough by mixing the ingredients. Divide them into 4 parts. Roll each into a rope and make crosses over the buns.

7. Mix the glaze mixture and brush the buns and crosses and place in an oiled cookie tray and bake at 435 degree for 15-20 minutes. The top of the buns must be brown. If you have not achieved brush the buns with the glaze again and put it back for a minute or two in the oven. That should do the trick. Enjoy hot cross buns with butter or jam/jelly.


  1. Looks very good. I loved the basket. Thanks for the entry. It'll be on tomorrow's roundup.

  2. Looks perfect and beautifully presented.

    Thank you for the entry.

  3. gr8 presentation

    hey iam hosting give away if u get a chance pls stopby at my blog ..

  4. Lovely basket of bread...looks yumm..
    and regarding your query,You can prepare it even without the ice cream,I have mentioned that way also in the recipe..You just need 2 freeze the mixture and pulse it in mixer and repeat the process of freezing n pulsing for 4-5 times.

  5. Wow! I am sure it must taste as good as it looks. Your recipes are awesome.

  6. Hi srimathi,first time here but must say u got a very lovely blog and such awesome & tempting pics...lovely hot cross buns...

  7. looks very perfect with nice snaps,,, i like buns for my tea time snack,, thanks for sharing the traditional hot cross buns,,,take care n keep smiling,,

  8. Gorgeous buns sri and also it matches well with the poem too.

  9. Yes yes, give it to this daughter-akka-aunty (me)

  10. Lovely photo and bun looks so delicious, thanks for sharing....

  11. Really good with a cup of hot coffee!

  12. Nice one! And love that basket you have presented with!

  13. Love that you put on the traditional flour past cross on top. They look beautiful and sound delicious!

  14. these look very pretty... and I have been looking for a good hot cross bun recipe for a loong time.. thank you :)

  15. Your hot cross buns looks like those one on the cover page of a recipe book...very nice...

  16. Lovely looking buns. Would finish off the entire basket all by myself. First time here. Following you.
    Would you be interested in participating in a giveaway? There is one happening now at my spot. Check it out.

  17. I usually don't add baking powder, it comes out less fluffy than MTR but its okie :)

  18. First time in your blog and I am falling in love with all your homely recipes!:)
    Perfect entry for the theme..(rachel had suggested hot cross buns) and you have made them perfectly!!

    Thanks a Bunch for following me..:)

  19. i used to say that rhyme when i was a kid, all the time wondering what a hot cross bun was :) these look absolutely wonderful! :)

  20. Loved your wheat hot cross buns.nice presentation as always!

  21. Lovely basket and the poem. can I grab one bun from it :-) yummy and lookin delicious.

  22. Thnx for stopping by my blog ..U have a cute space..Lovely looking cake with my fav. rhyme :)

  23. That bread basket and those buns look lovely.

  24. They turned out perfect sri, lovely presentation !!

  25. I used to sing the song "hot cross buns" when I was a kid but never knew how it looked or tasted. At last I got to do so and it was very good especially with some butter and jam. Enjoyed it thoroughly with my tea.

  26. this is my first time to your blog.. i find the pictures very appealing and beautiful presentation. Lovely buns.

  27. Lovely looking hot cross buns.Sure to recall the nursery rhyme whenever Easter approaches. Loved the click too.

  28. I love hot cross buns, but I have never made them myself. I was thinking that I could try baking them when I have a free weekend. Your recipe feels quite good and easy to follow, so I may give it a try.

  29. Thank you all for the stopping by at my blog and for the encouraging comments.

  30. Gorgeous hot cross buns and as everyone above stated, the basket presentation is fanastic :)


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