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Hot Cross Buns

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Makes:16 buns

Your guests will be crossing their fingers that you’re serving these yummy buns made with cinnamon, cloves, raisins and candied fruit and topped with sweet icing.



1 tsp 5 mL granulated sugar
1/2 cup 125 mL water, warm
1 envelope 8 g active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp/11 mL)
2/3 cup 150 mL milk, warm
1/4 cup 50 mL granulated sugar
1 tsp 5 mL salt
1/4 cup 50 mL butter
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 tsp 7 mL ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp 2 mL ground cloves
4 cups 1000 mL Robin Hood® Best For Bread Homestyle White Flour
1 cup 250 mL raisins
1/3 cup 75 mL mixed candied fruit or chopped cherries

Glaze (optional)

1 egg yolk
1 tbsp 15 mL water

Icing (optional)

1/4 cup 50 mL icing sugar
1 tsp 5 mL milk


  1. Dissolve 1 teaspoon (5 mL) sugar in warm water in large bowl. Sprinkle in yeast. Let stand 10 minutes, then stir well.
  2. Combine warm milk, 1/4 cup (50 mL) sugar and salt.
  3. Add lukewarm milk mixture, butter, egg, spices and 1 cup (250 mL) flour to dissolved yeast mixture. Beat for 3 minutes.
  4. Add raisins and candied fruit.
  5. Stir in about 2 3/4 cups (675 mL) remaining flour gradually. If necessary, add more to make a soft dough which leaves sides of bowl. Turn out onto lightly floured board.
  6. Knead dough, adding more flour as necessary, until dough is no longer sticky (about 5 minutes).
  7. Place in lightly greased bowl. Turn dough to grease top. Cover with parchment paper and tea towel.
  8. Let Rise in warm place (75°-85°F/24°-29°C) until doubled (60 to 90 minutes).
  9. Punch Down. Turn out onto floured board. Divide into 16 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball. Place 2" (5 cm) apart on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Flatten balls slightly; cover with tea towel.
  10. Let Rise in warm place (75°-85°F/24°-29°C) until doubled (45 to 60 minutes).
  11. Brush buns with mixture of egg yolk and water, if desired.
  12. Cut a cross in top of each bun with a sharp knife. Let stand 10 minutes.
  13. Bake in preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  14. Mix together ingredients for the icing and spread over cooled buns.


  • This recipe makes 16 buns. Why not decorate your buns with a cross of white icing after the buns have cooled? If you're not serving the buns immediately, hold off on decorating them; they'll be easier to store.

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