Excellent and so easy with the bread machine. The best hot cross bun, the spices were just right! I did use a good bit more powdered sugar in the icing to get it to the consistency it should be for drizzling. Skipped cutting crosses in the dough, brushed with egg white before baking at 375 for about 15 minutes. Delicious and everyone loved them. Thanks, Oster71! UPDATE: I've been making these for four years now, and this year added 1 T vital wheat gluten which I believe improved the texture of the rolls. Excellent! Thanks for sharing!
These buns, while they taste great (good combination of spices), are a bit dense (too much flour?). It took a couple hours or so for these to rise and then I gave up and put them in the oven. They smell great, though next time I'll try using a little less flour.
Delicious!! I have never tried Hot Cross Buns before but wanted to make them with my boys for Good Friday today. In the past when I've made bread I have not been successful in getting it to rise, so I was nervous these would not turn out. What I ended up doing was boiling a few cups of water and putting the bowl of hot water beneath the pan of rolls, which was covered with a warm damp towel, in the oven (which was OFF). Worked like a charm! They turned out wonderful and delicious! Although the cross was not very evident on the tops.
This is definitely the recipe I will use, and not just for Easter. I made some changes to adapt for a diabetic diet (ie, Egg Beaters 1/4 cup plus 2 TBSP instead of egg and yolk, no salt Celeb margarine instead of butter, 3 TBSP fructose plus 3 TBSP granular Splenda instead of sugar) and the buns were still wonderful. I also eliminated the glaze for the same reason. Thanks for submitting such a special treat for the holiday and beyond.
Loved it. Actually left out the raisins because one of my kids does not like them. These are great with coffee and tea. Thanks!
What a flexible recipe! I used 1/2 cup yellow raisins and 1/8 cup dried cranberries. I used King Arthur Bread Flour as well. I actually forgot to add the yeast when I first put this through the dough cycle. After the first dough cycle was complete I discovered my mistake. I then dissolved the yeast over about 1/4 cup warm water for five minutes. I added that and about another 1/4 cup of flour to machine and ran the dough cycle again. Perfection! The dough is sticky so I kneaded it in a dusting of flour before making the rolls. I made 18 buns - 12 in a 9x12 and 4 in an 8x8. These were the best hot cross buns ever. Thanks.
I have never liked the store bought Hot Cross buns , too dry or not enough fruit and all bread. This is an excellent recipe ! I have to do some slight tweaking. I too had to add more flour since the dough looked pretty sticky during kneading. I added a Tablespoon at a time but didn't count how many. I just watched it till it looked ok. I am not a fan of nutmeg and cut the recipe's nutmeg amount in half. When taste testing, I did not like the nutmeg & clove taste so I am going to eliminate them next time and just use the cinnamon. Other than that.....YUM, YUM, delicious !! Will be making these often ! Thank you for posting this recipe !!
Great easy recipe! I used orange zest ( was out of lemon) and raisins. I made 12 decent sized rolls because I cut them to large but they are great regardless. They are big, fluffy and full of flavor. Thanks!!
I made these for our Easter Brunch this year and they were a huge hit! Everyone was in love with them and has requested them at every Brunch from here on... Thanks so much for sharing!