Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Total Time:
2 hrs, 20 mins
Prep Time:
2 hrs
Cook Time:
20 mins
10 servings
Dish Size:
2.5 Quart
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February 16, 2016



  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raisins


  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Milk


  • 1 egg white
  • powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons milk


  1. For the buns, combine the milk, oil and 4 tablespoons sugar in a saucepan. Stir and heat until very warm but not boiling. Remove from heat and allow to cool until mixture is still warm, but not hot, about 30 minutes. 
  2. Sprinkle yeast over milk mixture. Add 2 cups of flour and stir to combine. Mixture will be sticky. Cover with a towel and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour to rise. 
  3. Add in the remaining 1/4 cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Knead to combine. 
  4. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl. 
  5. Lightly flour a clean work surface. Press down dough until flat. Sprinkle with a few tablespoons of the cinnamon-sugar. Sprinkle on about 1/3 of the raisins and then fold the dough over on itself and flatten again. Repeat the sugar/raisin process, then fold the dough over again. Repeat a third time until all the raisins are used. You may have some cinnamon-sugar leftover. 
  6. Pinch off golf ball-size bunches of dough. With floured hands, quickly roll each into a ball, then turn the edges under themselves. Place in your temp-tations® 11" x 7" baker. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour. 
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  8. For the glaze, whisk the egg white and milk together. Brush onto each roll. 
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops of the buns are golden brown. Cool slightly before removing from baker. 
  10. For the icing, whisk the egg white with enough powdered sugar for the icing to be very thick. Splash in milk as needed for consistency. 
  11. Add icing to a small Ziploc bag and snip the corner. Make icing crosses on each roll, making sure they're completely cooled first. 


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