Hot Cross Buns

Recipe by byZula
READY IN: 2hrs
YIELD: 2-4 dozen




  • Mix together the yeast, water and sugar and set aside for a few minutes until the yeast starts to foam.
  • Mix together the flour, spices and salt.
  • With a mixer or by hand, mix the flour, eggs and butter into the yeast-water mixture.
  • Now add the raisins.
  • The dough will be somewhat sticky, but should pull away from the sides of the bowl and form a ball.
  • If not, add a little more flour.
  • Cover with a towel and let it rest in a warm place until it doubles in bulk.
  • Be sure it's in a large enough bowl to accommodate the new size.
  • Punch dough down and cut into small 2 1/2-ounce pieces(just eyeball it).
  • Roll into a ball and place on a baking sheet several inches apart.
  • When all are lined up, cover again with a towel and put in a warm place away from drafts. Allow to rise for 15-20 minutes.
  • You'll need more than one baking sheet.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • While waiting, make the 'crosses' by mixing together the flour, water and salt so it's thick enough to pipe through a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip, about an inch in diameter.
  • Pipe a cross on each risen bun.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
  • While the buns are baking, make the glaze. Boil together the sugar, water and corn syrup over moderate heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • When it looks clear, brush down the sides with a pastry brush dipped in cold water.
  • Allow to cool.
  • It'll be sticky, but still brushable.
  • When the buns are removed from the oven, cool on a wire rack and brush with glaze.
  • (Please note that the yield is an estimate because it depends on what size you prefer to make your buns.).