These homemade hot cross buns are so easy to make and taste much better then the ones you get at the store! The whole family will love them!
Do you know the song, “Hot Cross Buns”? It was the first little song I taught my kids on the piano. It’s likely the first little song everyone learns on the piano.
So the first time I made hot cross buns at Easter, when she was about 6, she was quite confused. Because how do you make a song?
It makes sense that she didn’t know they were an actual thing, as I’ve never bought them, because in my opinion hot cross buns make a great little song, but aren’t really worth eating. Until I tried this recipe.
These ones are good. I don’t what it is about the ones at the store, but I always think they’re way too dry. And I’m sorry, but I cannot get on board with candied fruit in bread. That just shouldn’t happen.
Needless to say – there’s no candied fruit in this recipe. I suppose you could replace the raisins with candied fruit. Just don’t tell me about it.
These may not even be very traditional. I really don’t know. But a number of years ago I made a Greek celebration bread, the braided kind with hard boiled eggs tucked in between the strands, for Easter, and my mom said that it reminded her of hot cross buns.
So, since that bread was tasty, I figured I could make a variation of it into these buns that I would actually eat.
Maybe not traditional, but they’re light and fluffy, filled with spices and raisins, and have a sweet honey lemon glaze on top.
And they’re delicious.
What is the cross on the hot cross bun made of?
The cross is actually just made with a flour and water paste. You pipe the paste onto the buns before baking them and it bakes into the bread in the traditional cross shape. Don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like a flour paste on top of your bun, it just bakes into it.
You can use a piping bag, or just a ziplock bag with the corner cut off to pipe the flour paste onto the buns.
What is the story behind hot cross buns?
Hot cross buns are spiced, sweet buns marked with a cross on top. The cross represents Jesus’ crucifixion, and the spices are meant to represent the spices that were put on his body. They are traditionally eaten on Good Friday.
How to make Hot Cross Buns:
- If you want to prep ahead, you can make these up to the point where you shape them into buns, then let them rise until they’re almost doubled (30-45 minutes), and place them in the fridge overnight. The next day take them out of the fridge to warm up and finish rising, about 90 minutes before you’re ready to bake them.
- These are best the day you bake them, but if you keep them tightly covered they’ll still be tasty for a couple of days afterwards, just reheat them gently in the microwave, or even slice them and toast them a bit
Here are some more great brunch recipes for you:
- Apple Crisp French Toast Casserole
- Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
- Lemon Raspberry Sweet Rolls
- Cinnamon Twists
- Tomato Spinach Frittata
I’ve also shared this Hot Cross Buns recipe over on Food Fanatic.