Hot Cross Buns With Icing

Hot Cross Buns at Easter
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1 cup milk, scalded
1/2 cup sugar
8 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 yeast cake dissolved in 1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 egg, well beaten
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup dried currants (or, raisins)
1/4 cup shredded citron
pinch of ground cloves
1 egg, well beaten
confectioners' sugar and milk


Combine the milk, sugar, butter, and salt. When lukewarm, add the yeast cake dissolved in water. Add the egg and mix well. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, and cloves, add the currants and citron, and mix thoroughly. Add to the wet ingredients and mix well. Cover and let rise in a warm place (75-85 degrees F) until doubled in bulk. Shape into round buns and place close together in a well buttered pan. Let rise again. Brush the top of each bun with beaten egg. Make a cross on each bun with a sharp knife. Bake in a hot oven (400 degrees F) for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and make crosses with a mixture of the confectioners’ sugar and milk.


10–12 buns


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Hot Cross Buns

Wonderful, basic traditional recipe but we've always known of Hot Cross Buns to be served at the beginning of Lent, on Ash Wednesday. That is when commercial bakeries premiere their hot cross buns in grocery stores and when local bakeries feature theirs as well. We are here in northern NJ in the NYC tristate area. Happy Easter to all !


What is a yeast cake????

hot cross buns

if you want the traditional white stripe mix a little flour and water to make stiffish paste and pipe across the cross before baking

Hot cross buns

Last bit about another egg and this a topping.

Hot Cross Bun Recipe

How many buns does this recipe make and what is the nutrional information ?

Is it a one ounce of two

Is it a one ounce of two ounce cake of yeast?

It seems at least one step

It seems at least one step has been left out. Should I combine the wet and dry ingredients before allowing to rise?

...also How many buns does

...also How many buns does this recipe make and how much milk and sugar are needed to make the crosses?