Hot Cross Buns

READY IN: 3hrs 20mins
Recipe by ChrisMc

One a penny, two a penny...This is my family's traditional recipe; we use mashed potatoes to change the texture and flavor. I don't care for citron (candied fruit), so I make my HCB with raisins alone.

Top Review by Catherine Robson

Thank you for sharing your family recipe. I thought I would give it a go because I had never used mashed potato for making bread. I made a 1/2 batch and was very happy with the result. They were crusty on the outside and soft and fluffy inside. Although not a sweet a bread as I am used to, the mix fruit and spice make a lovely bun. They didn't get a chance to cool as the family ate them all warm with butter.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine yeast, water, and milk; stir well.
  2. Mix with, potatoes, sugar, salt, butter, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and raisins.
  3. Beat in flour by cups.
  4. Knead 5 minutes.
  5. Let rise 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Punch down and divide in half 5 times, for 32 pieces of dough.
  7. Fold the corners in to make balls.
  8. Snip a cross onto the top of each ball.
  9. Let rise for 40 minutes.
  10. Brush with egg yolk and water.
  11. Bake 20 minutes at 375.
  12. While the buns are baking, combine milk, sugar, and vanilla to make icing.
  13. When buns are cool, drizzle icing over cross.

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