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Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

So perfectly paired… oranges ripening, Easter & old time traditions 

Nothing makes a kitchen or a cappuccino more delightful 


either 2 ¼ tsp conventional yeast

OR ½ cup starter & ¼ tsp yeast

mix with ¼ cup warm water & let rest 15minutes 

add in:

½ cup melted butter

1 cup warm milk

⅓ cup cane sugar

½ tsp salt

2 eggs

4-5 cups bread flour (central milling High Mountain)

  • add flour or milk if too wet/dry… want dough to form soft ball pulling away from edge of bowl after a few minutes 

knead in stand mixer 5min (or by hand 8-10min)

let rest covered in warm place about an hour

in separate bowl:

½ c dried currants (soak in hot water for 10 minutes, drain, mix with spices and orange zest 

1 tsp cinnamon, ⅛ tsp nutmeg, ⅛ tsp ginger

zest of one orange

fold spice/orange/currant mixture into dough after 1 hr (not incorporated fully, just evenly folded into - cinnamon has a negative effect on rise)

let rest 10min

divide dough into roughly 24 pieces

stretch & fold to form balls out of each piece, placing seam side down on baking pan

  • baking pan options… dough can be placed with space on a lined baking sheet for round separate rolls OR in a low-lip pan for slightly touching OR (my favorite) in a glass 9x13 baking dish for pull-apart style rolls 

let rest at room temp for 1.5 hours OR place in fridge overnight and bake next morning

brush each bun with egg wash (1 tablespoon of cream & one egg yolk whisked together)

bake at 350

sheet pan 30 minutes

glass pan pull-apart rolls about 45 minutes

when cool, add a frosting cross to each bun

HCB frosting -

whisk together until smooth:

1 tbs soft butter 

½ tsp vanilla

¼ c powdered sugar

a little cream

fold in:

zest of one orange

2 cups powdered sugar

add one teaspoon of cream at a time until consistency is thick and holds shape but soft enough to pipe


Garden Bunny HERE

And just in case you need permission,

go ahead and take the best looking MIDDLE one!

Happy Easter to you 💗

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