Easter Hot Cross Muffins

Easter Hot Cross Muffins created by Redsie

When I saw this recipe in Chatelaine magazine, I just had to try it! One of my favourite things about Easter is hot cross buns - so I was really happy to see an easy recipe for hot cross muffins! Now I can enjoy hot cross muffins all year round! You can bake as muffins or as a loaf.

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F Place raisins in a small bowl. Pour juice overtop. Microwave, covered, until hot, 1 minute Set aside. Lightly coat or spray a 12-cup muffin tin or 9x5 inch loaf pan with oil. In a large bowl, using a fork, stir flour with sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, salt and cloves. Stir in raisin mixture, candied peel and apricots.
  • In a medium-size bowl, whisk egg. Whisk in milk, oil, butter and vanilla. Pour over flour mixture. Stir just until mixed. Batter will be lumpy. Divide between muffin cups or scrape into loaf pan and smooth top.
  • Bake in centre of preheated oven until a cake tester inserted into centre of muffins or loaf comes out clean, 20 to 25 minute for muffins, 1 hour for loaf. Remove pan to a cooling rack. After 5 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely on rack. Store muffins or loaf in an airtight container and store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 2 months.
  • Glaze:.
  • Stir sifted icing sugar with orange juice until smooth. Drizzle over cooled muffins in a criss-cross pattern to mimic hot cross buns or spoon over loaf, if you wish.
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"When I saw this recipe in Chatelaine magazine, I just had to try it! One of my favourite things about Easter is hot cross buns - so I was really happy to see an easy recipe for hot cross muffins! Now I can enjoy hot cross muffins all year round! You can bake as muffins or as a loaf."

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  1. PrincessCeCe1991
    Definitely very easy to make. I have never made Hot Cross Buns before & every recipe I could find seemed complicated & like it was going to be a lot of work. So this was a fantastic Alternative that I was eager to try instead :)
  2. moose_kristi
    This is my first attempt at hot cross buns and it was a total success! My kids and husband loved them. I didn't have the apricots or candied peel, but went with everything else and they were fantastic. Definitely a new Easter family tradition!
  3. jackienelson
    me & my made them for eater and they all liked it
  4. bigbadbrenda
    This is very good. I made it as a loaf on Easter day. I didnt put cloves in as I dont care for them. Thank you for posting
  5. The Beckoes
    Made these as i didnt have time to make hot cross buns, very easy and quick. I used butter instead of oil as i didnt have enough and used brown sugar insead of granulated. I didnt have apricots either so i just increased the amount of raisins and peel to make up for it. I didnt used the cloves as i dont like it and next time might add a little more cinnamon or some nutmeg. They are beautiful, light and tasty! I used melted white chocolate for the cross and its was perfect! Making another batch for gifts as the family have near enough polished this batch off! Thanks for sharing!
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