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Easy hot cross bun recipe for the busy mom

Hot cross buns
Hot cross buns
Smith family

Traditional sweet buns made specifically for Good Friday and Easter; hot cross buns are a homemade sweet bun made with raisins and or currants. Once baked, they are givien a frosted cross on top. This cross icing represents Jesus dying on the cross on Good Friday.

Have you ever tried your hand at making hot crossed buns during Easter time or on Good Friday? This simple and easy to follow recipe will begin a new tradition in your home that your family will love.

Recipe for traditional hot crossed buns for Good Friday and Easter


  • 3/4 cup warm water (110* F/45* C)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon instant powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup dried currants
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons milk


  1. Put warm water, butter, skim milk powder, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, egg, egg white, flour, and yeast in bread maker and start on dough program.
  2. When 5 minutes of kneading are left, add currants and cinnamon. Leave in machine till double.
  3. Punch down on floured surface, cover, and let rest 10 minutes.
  4. Shape into 12 balls and place in a greased 9 x 12 inch pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place till double, about 35-40 minutes.
  5. Mix egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water. Brush on balls.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.
  7. To make crosses: mix together confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and milk. Brush an X on each cooled bun.

(The above recipe was provided by a family friend)

Editor’s Notes:

  • This recipe does call for a bread maker. If you don’t have a bread maker, here is what you do: mix the ingredients in your stand mixer. It does a great job of mixing and kneading, even with the metal blade. Let rise in the bowl with a damp towel over it in a warm place until doubled.
  • To add extra flavor you can add: 1tsp each of vanilla extract, butter flavoring and allspice.
  • You can also omit the currants/raisins. Tried adding 3/4c of mixed candied fruit.
  • For the frosting cross: try mixing a 1/4 cup icing sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tbsp milk, and enough water to make a thick paste & pipe on after brushing with egg...before baking

These Good Friday and Easter hot crossed buns are very easy to make! Surprise your family and friends with a new Easter tradition this year. As with most yeast rolls, the taste best still warm and fresh.


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