Hot Cross Buns

It was Good Friday yesterday and I decided to make hot cross buns after watching Martha Stewart the night before making this on her show. I wasn’t really planning on making this but I happen to have all the ingredients and Martha said these buns are traditionally made on Good Friday which is just perfect. So I made these buns yesterday. My bread did not turn out as nice as Martha’s and I’m not good at bread-making, I’ve only tried cinnamon rolls and brioche before but I was glad to try my hands at it again.

I find it quite relaxing making these bread or any bread I guess, especially the kneading and shaping part ( I need to work on it) and the smell of freshly made bread is sooo good..I just need to be less forgetful and remember to set the alarm next time.. my dough rose too much, good thing it was covered with plastic, I let it rose inside my unheated oven (I heard it’s the best place for proofing dough).  Here are some photos..

..cover the dough with plastic wrap and let rise for an hour

..after an hour..err..this is more like after a couple of hours.

…knead, divide and shape into buns…need more practice,practice..practice

and bake..not pretty to look at but it’s good and I made myself .. the dark ones are my fave 🙂


Makes 30

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons whole milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 ounce (4 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for bowl and baking sheet
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
51/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
4 ounces (3/4 cup) dried cherries, coarsely chopped
4 ounces (3/4 cup) golden raisins, coarsely chopped
1 large egg white
1 tablespoon water
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1.Heat 1 cup milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it registers 110 degrees on a candy thermometer. Pour milk into a mixer bowl, and fit mixer with a dough hook. With mixer on low speed, add granulated sugar, yeast, butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, the nutmeg, cinnamon, and eggs. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, and knead until mixture comes together in a soft, sticky dough. Continue kneading, scraping down hook as needed, until dough is smooth, about 4 minutes.

2.Add cherries and raisins, and knead to incorporate. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead to distribute dried fruit. Coat a large bowl with butter. Shape dough into a ball, and place in prepared bowl. Cover with a piece of plastic, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

3.Generously butter a rimmed baking sheet. Turn dough onto a surface, knead briefly, then divide into 3 pieces. Working with 1 piece at a time, divide each third into 10 pieces, and shape each into a tight ball. (Keep dough covered with plastic.) Place on prepared sheet, spacing 1/2 inch apart. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover with plastic, and let rise in a warm spot until buns have doubled in size and are touching, about 1 hour.

4.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together egg white and water in a small bowl. Brush tops of buns with egg-white wash. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until golden brown, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool on sheet on wire rack for 30 minutes.

5.Whisk together remaining 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons milk, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Spoon icing into a pastry bag fitted with a plain 1/4-inch round tip, and pipe icing on buns in the shape of a cross. (Alternatively, spoon glaze on buns.) Serve immediately.

From Martha Stewart Living, April 2009

10 Responses to "Hot Cross Buns"

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  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella   April 8, 2010 at 4:56 am

    You’re being too hard on yourself 🙂 they look fantastic! I’m sure Martha would be proud!

  3. Divina   April 8, 2010 at 1:32 am

    I want to make this soon. We don’t have Martha Stewart show on our cable. Olive, I could smell the bread, send me some. 🙂

  4. Bridgett   April 5, 2010 at 9:17 am

    With a British hubby, these are definitely a staple in our home around Easter. Yours look fabulous.

  5. Trissa   April 5, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I love the smell of freshly baked bread too! These hot cross buns sure look yummy! Martha would be proud! Happy Easter!

  6. Trisha   April 3, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Last Thursday in the office we had about 60 hot cross buns to share between 20 girls – uhm, that’s 3 per person and man after all the butter and tea that go with the buns, I think I should rest until next year’s hot cross buns! Yours look great!!!!!

  7. Joy   April 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I never had them. It looks great!

  8. Brad   April 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Wow do those buns look and sound great. Thanks for sharing the recipe and pics.

  9. Sophie   April 3, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Thanks Olive for this classic recipe!

    Your buns look so grand!! Happy Easter to yoy & your family!!!

  10. Jeannie   April 3, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Hey those buns looks good! I have always left my dough to proof for longer than required but it’s ok. I read somewhere the longer you proof your bread, the less yeasty smell on your bread. Good job!


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