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How to make Hot Cross Buns for Easter

How to make Hot Cross Buns for Easter

Hot cross buns are a traditional Easter treat enjoyed by many around the world. But do you know the history behind these delicious buns and how to make them at home? Let's dive into the fascinating world of hot cross buns!

What is the History of Hot Cross Buns?

The origins of hot cross buns can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where they were often used in religious ceremonies. The cross on top of the bun symbolizes the crucifixion of Jesus, making them a popular choice for Good Friday and Easter celebrations.

How to Make Hot Cross Buns at Home

If you want to try your hand at making hot cross buns at home, follow this simple recipe:


- 4 cups of all-purpose flour

- 1/4 cup of sugar

- 1 packet of active dry yeast

- 1 cup of warm milk

- 1/4 cup of melted butter

- 1 egg

- 1/2 cup of raisins

- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

- 1/4 teaspoon of salt


1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

2. In a separate bowl, combine the warm milk, melted butter, and egg.

3. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until a dough forms.

4. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes, then add the raisins and continue kneading until they are evenly distributed.

5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a towel, and let it rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

6. Divide the dough into equal portions and shape them into buns. Place them on a baking sheet, cover, and let them rise for another 30 minutes.

7. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

8. Mix together 1/2 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of water to make a paste. Pipe a cross on top of each bun.

9. Bake the buns for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

10. Enjoy your homemade hot cross buns warm or toasted with a spread of butter!

Now that you know the history and recipe of hot cross buns, why not try making them at home for your next Easter celebration? Happy baking!

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