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Hot Cross Buns Recipe. I loved how super fluffy these are! Great Easter tradition! @natashaskitchen

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Happy Easter! Easter is probably THE most important holiday that Christians celebrate. It’s not about the commercialized bunny, or the eggs, although those traditions can be fun.

It’s so important to us that our family understands Easter is about Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection through which he paid the penalty for sin so everyone who believes in Him has eternal life with Him. It’s a glorious thing and such good news! These hot cross buns help to share the story.

I admit glazing skills were not optimal since I was racing to get these done. Baking with a newborn is tricky. You never know when baby will wake up and when she does, she definitely makes her demands known. Don’t worry, your buns will be cuter :).

If you have any leftovers, you can cut them in half and make a really scrumptious French toast or just sauté the halves in butter on a skillet and enjoy with your morning coffee- so yum!

Hot Cross Buns Recipe. I loved how super fluffy these are! Great Easter tradition! @natashaskitchen

These are sweet rolls. I use the basic dough recipe from my Portuguese Easter Bread, lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and studded with tangy craisins or raisins. Hot Cross Buns were originally a Saxon tradition which became an Easter tradition to celebrate Good Friday.

Ingredients for Hot Cross Buns:

1/2 cup raisins, currants, or craisins + 1 cup boiling hot water
3/4 cup very warm milk, divided into 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup (I used whole milk, 2% is fine)
1/2 cup white sugar + 1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 cup (4 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened 15 seconds in microwave
1/2 tsp salt
1 envelope active dry yeast (about 3/4 Tbsp or 2 1/4 tsp) – I used Red Star Yeast
2 large eggs, well beaten
3 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour *measured correctly
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp (a large pinch) ground nutmeg

For the Egg Wash:

1 egg, well beaten with 1 tsp water

For the Glaze:

1/2 cup Powdered sugar mixed with 2 1/2 tsp Milk

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

How To Make Hot Cross Buns:

1. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup raisins/craisins with 1 cup boiling hot water. Let sit 10 min then drain well and set aside.

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2. In a large measuring cup, combine 1/4 cup warm milk with 1/2 tsp sugar and sprinkle 3/4 Tbsp yeast over the top. Stir and let sit at room temp until bubbly and doubled in volume (10 min).

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3. In a large mixing bowl (I use my KitchenAid mixer), combine 1/2 cup very warm milk with 1/2 cup sugar, 4 Tbsp softened butter and 1/2 tsp salt. Stir until butter is melted. Add 2 well beaten eggs and proofed yeast mixture. Stir in 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon and pinch of ground nutmeg.

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4. Using the dough hook attachment mix in 3 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup at a time until soft dough forms. Knead 8-12 min on speed 2 or until smooth and elastic. Dough will still stick a little to the bowl but not to your fingers.

If kneading by hand, use a wooden spoon to stir, then turn out onto a well-floured surface and knead 8-12 min using just enough flour to prevent sticking to your hands.

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5. Add drained raisins/craisins (pat them dry with paper towels if they still seem too wet) and transfer dough to a large buttered bowl, turning it to bring the buttered side-up. Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free room 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in volume (you can also proof in a warm 100˚F oven).

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6. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut in half then continue cutting dough until you have 12 equal sized pieces. Roll dough into balls and transfer to a buttered 9×13″ baking pan. Cover with a tea towel and let them sit in a warm, draft-free room 30 min until puffed

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7. Now you should preheat your oven to 375˚F. Generously brush the tops with egg wash and bake for 15-17 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan.

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8. Once buns are just warm (not hot), stir together the 1/2 cup powdered sugar and about 2 1/2 tsp milk. You can add more powdered sugar to thicken it up if needed. Transfer glaze to a ziploc bag, cut off the tip of the bag and pipe a cross shape over each of the buns. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Hot Cross Buns Recipe. I loved how super fluffy these are! Great Easter tradition! @natashaskitchen

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

4.97 from 32 votes
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Hot Cross Buns Recipe. I loved how super fluffy these are! Great Easter tradition! @natashaskitchen
Hot Cross Buns are sweet rolls, lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and studded with tangy craisins or raisins. They were originally a Saxon tradition which became an Easter tradition to celebrate Good Friday.If you have any leftovers, you can cut them in half and make a really scrumptious French toast or just sauté the halves in butter on a skillet and enjoy with your morning coffee- so yum!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $5-$7
Calories: 262 kcal
Servings: 12 large buns

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raisins currants, or craisins + 1 cup boiling hot water
  • 3/4 cup very warm milk divided into 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup (I used whole milk, 2% is fine)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar + 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup (or 4 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened 15 seconds in microwave
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast about 3/4 Tbsp or 2 1/4 tsp - I used Red Star Yeast
  • 2 large eggs well beaten
  • 3 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp a large pinch ground nutmeg

For the Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg well beaten with 1 tsp water

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar mixed
  • 2 1/2 tsp milk

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup raisins/craisins with 1 cup boiling hot water. Let sit 10 min then drain well and set aside.
  2. In a large measuring cup, combine 1/4 cup warm milk with 1/2 tsp sugar and sprinkle 3/4 Tbsp yeast over the top. Stir and let sit at room temp until bubbly and doubled in volume (10 min).
  3. In a large mixing bowl (I use my KitchenAid mixer), combine 1/2 cup very warm milk with 1/2 cup sugar, 4 Tbsp softened butter and 1/2 tsp salt. Stir until butter is melted. Add 2 well beaten eggs and proofed yeast mixture. Stir in 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon and pinch of ground nutmeg.
  4. Using the dough hook attachment mix in 3 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup at a time until soft dough forms. Knead 8-12 min on speed 2 or until smooth and elastic. Dough will still stick a little to the bowl but not to your fingers.
  5. Add drained raisins/craisins (pat them dry with paper towels if they still seem too wet) and transfer dough to a large buttered bowl, turning it to bring the buttered side-up. Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free room 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in volume (you can also proof in a warm 100˚F oven).
  6. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut in half then continue cutting dough until you have 12 equal sized pieces. Roll dough into balls and transfer to a buttered 9x13" baking pan. Cover with a tea towel and let them sit in a warm, draft-free room 30 min until puffed.
  7. Now you should preheat your oven to 375˚F. Generously brush the tops with egg wash and bake for 15-17 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan.
  8. Once buns are just warm (not hot), stir together the 1/2 cup powdered sugar and about 2 1/2 tsp milk. You can add more powdered sugar to thicken it up if needed. Transfer glaze to a ziploc bag, cut off the tip of the bag and pipe a cross shape over each of the buns. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

If kneading by hand, use a wooden spoon to stir at step 4, then turn out onto a well-floured surface and knead 8-12 min using just enough flour to prevent sticking to your hands.

Nutrition Facts
Hot Cross Buns Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 124mg4%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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  • Mipath Furtado
    April 23, 2019

    Tks a lot DEAR,
    First time I backed hot cross buns they were AMAZING.

    God bless you n your family ALWAYS Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 23, 2019

      That’s so great! I’m happy you enjoyed this recipe! Reply

  • Trudy
    April 22, 2019

    Could I prepare the buns earlier and have them sitting in the refrigerator overnight and bake them the next day??
    Prof them to rise again prior to baking??Thanks Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 22, 2019

      2. Refrigerating them will cause the rising process to stop. I haven’t tried refrigerating them, but I imagine you could refrigerate overnight, then let them come to room temp and rise the next day. Reply

  • Mary J Murphy
    April 21, 2019

    I’m confused. I had to use at least 4 1/2 cups of flour. Also the recipe indicates in instruction #3 to add the 4 TBSP of softened butter but where does the other 1/4 cup of butter go? I’ve been making sweet bread for years so I’m not a novice. Reply

    • Natasha
      April 21, 2019

      Hi Mary, The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of butter which is the same thing as 4 Tbsp of butter. I can see how that can be mis-read in the recipe so I clarified. With flour, it may help to review our post on how to measure ingredients to ensure all of the proportions are correct. Reply

      • Mary J Murphy
        April 22, 2019

        Regarding flour, I agree. I have been measuring correctly for years, just as your instructions indicate. I will make this recipe again just to confirm because my husband said it was a keeper. Thank you for the butter clarification. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          April 22, 2019

          I hope you love it Mary! Reply

  • Julie
    April 20, 2019

    I made a double batch this afternoon for brunch tomorrow, but we all had to share one immediately because the smell was divine! Delish!! I used quick rise yeast using the method on the pkg. I ended up giving them 2 hours to rise in the oven with the light on, and they puffed up nicely. One hour clearly wasn’t sufficient and could be the issue another reviewer had. Anyway, they’re light and perfectly spiced. Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      April 20, 2019

      Hi Julie, I’m so happy you enjoyed the hot cross buns! Thank you for sharing and have a happy Easter!! Reply

  • Marylou
    April 20, 2019

    Can you please tell me how to adjust the recipe if I were to use instant yeast? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 20, 2019

      Hi Marylou, I haven’t tested this with instant yeast but one of our readers has! Here’s what he had to say “Okay so I used the same amount of milk but slightly less yeast since it was the instant kind. I used 1.5 tsp for this recipe. They came out great! I also added a little candied orange peel and a few sultanas. Our household is all English and Australian and these reminded us of the ones we get at home! Thank you for the recipe!” I hope you find this helpful! Reply

      • Jill
        April 20, 2019

        I found the bread part worked fine but that there was no flavour and the raisins were very sparse. Making again, I would quadruple the raisins and the cinnamon and nutmeg. Reply

        • Natasha
          April 20, 2019

          Hi Jill, I bet you could easily amp up those flavorings. We love raisins so I know exactly what you mean! 🙂 Reply

  • Kitty
    April 20, 2019

    I tried it today, and it was so delicious! Totally worth the time, the whole family loved it! 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 20, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review Kitty! Reply

  • Marthese
    April 19, 2019

    My buns went a bit hard ; what did I do wrong. Reply

    • Natasha
      April 20, 2019

      Hi Marthese, it could be due to a number of things and I will do my best to troubleshoot. When adding flour, be sure to measure correctly since pushing the measuring cup into the flour bin can compact it and result in about 25% more flour than the recipe calls for. Also, when letting your buns rise, make sure the temperature of their environment does not go over 100˚F or the yeast will start to cook, killing the rising process and resulting in a tough bun. Also, make sure your yeast is not expired – did it proof and get bubbly in step 2? and you should have seen the buns rise in step 6. Lastly, be sure to give the buns ample time for the last rise or they won’t rise as well in the oven. I hope that helps and happy Easter!! Reply

  • Angelo
    April 19, 2019

    This recipe was amazing, my buns came out perfect. Reply

    • Natasha
      April 19, 2019

      Wonderful! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed the hot cross buns. Thanks for the awesome review! Reply

  • Judith
    April 19, 2019

    Thank you! I made these buns today, for Good Friday and they turned out fabulous. I’ve moved to a small town in India and I couldn’t find hot cross buns at any bakery here. These turned out so much better though. And such joy to see the buns rise and bake perfectly.

    I just added a little extra cinnamon powder after reading a few reviews. Thank you so much for such a wonderful recipe. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 19, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that with me Judith! I’m so happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • Laurie Herrera
    April 18, 2019

    This was my first attempt at cross buns and my family absolutely loved them. It takes quite awhile to rise properly, but the result is a light and fluffy bun. I doubled the icing recipe and added 1/2 tsp vanilla. Thank you so much for this recipe, Natasha! It will be a Good Friday family tradition from now on 💕 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 18, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite! Reply

  • Charlotte A Apple
    April 18, 2019

    Can I mix and knead dough in bread machine? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 18, 2019

      Hi Charlotte! Yes! According to our readers, this works great in a bread maker! Here’s what they wrote “Tried making them today, and they turned out perfect! I made the dough in the Breadmaker & used golden raisins instead of craisins. They are so fluffy & yummy! I called them my version of Paski” I hope that helps. Reply

  • Elizabeth
    April 18, 2019

    Hi, do you ever make these in advance and refrigerate overnight once cut into rolls and bake in the morning? I’m trying this and hoping it will work? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 19, 2019

      Hi Elizabeth, I haven’t experimented with these buns but have with a similar dough recipe. I would refrigerate at step 6, but before the 30 minute rise. Then bring them back to room temperature and let them puff up before baking. Reply

  • Rev John J Wilson
    April 17, 2019

    Thank you for sharing the faith. Now I know this is the recipe I will use!
    God Bless. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 17, 2019

      I hope you love this recipe! Reply

      • Mimi
        April 18, 2019

        I used 3 cups all purpose flour and added 2 Tbsp candied orange peel and sultanas. I also had leftover pie crust, so used those to make the crosses.
        My child’s class enjoyed them during snack time today and teachers messaged to say they were delicious.
        Great recipe and easy to follow. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          April 18, 2019

          I’m so happy you enjoyed that Mimi! Reply

  • Shelley
    April 17, 2019

    I made these with my children today (7 and 10.) We had fun mixing and even kneading the dough by hand, and the rolls are delicious! The recipe was easy for us to follow and they’re the best tasting ones we’ve made. It’s a keeper. Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 17, 2019

      You’re so welcome Shelley! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! Reply

  • Lisa
    April 12, 2019

    These hot cross buns are the best I have ever tasted!! I added a bit of almond flavour to the icing. This recipe is a keeper!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 12, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite! Reply

  • Daniella Heller
    April 11, 2019

    Im about to make the buns and will give feedback when im done.
    Please if u can,
    add the grams/ounces amounts (how much is one cup? -some say 120g and others 145g..)to the recipes. When the amounts are in weight rather than volume, it easier to get an accurate result. Reply

    • Natasha
      April 11, 2019

      Hi Daniella, I went ahead and added the metric measurements. If you click on the button that says “Metric” in the recipe card, it will switch to metric. Hope that helps! Reply

  • Jeff
    March 1, 2019

    Hi Natasha,

    Can you tell me how much your dough balls weight so I can judge how many batches I need to make, I want my buns to come out big like at my local bakery

    Thanks Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 1, 2019

      Hi Jeff! I wish I have measured it that way. This recipe does make 12 large Hot Cross Buns. Reply

      • Jeff
        March 1, 2019

        Hi Natasha,

        Great, cant wait to try your recipe this weekend. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          March 2, 2019

          Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Jeff! I hope you love it! Reply

          • Jeff
            March 2, 2019

            curious can lactaid free milk be used

          • Jeff Corso
            April 8, 2019

            Love this recipe, so easy, have made several batches thus far and the buns are a big hit with family and friends, will def be making them again for Palm and Easter Sundays.

            And yes you can use lactaid free milk.

            but was wondering if splenda can be used to replace the 1/2 cup portion of the sugar? I am not sure because of the yeast.

          • Natashas Kitchen
            April 8, 2019

            Hi Jeff! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! We have not tested this with Splenda so I cannot advise.

  • olga
    February 28, 2019

    Made 2 different batches , found them too heavy, took a long time to rise, not a great recipe for hot cross buns. At the same time baked buns from BBC cooking , which were real fluffy and as we know hot cross buns. Reply

    • Natasha
      March 2, 2019

      Hi Olga, these are normally supposed to be very soft and the dough rises as expected. Could it be that your yeast wasn’t fresh or maybe the mixture was overheated at some point (either one of the ingredients too hot, or the oven set greater than 100˚F) either of which can deactivate the yeast and make the mixture difficult to rise. I hope that helps to identify the issue. Reply

      • Jeff Corso
        April 8, 2019

        Something must have been wrong somewhere because I have made several batches over the last two months and they came out beautiful every time Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          April 8, 2019

          Thank you for sharing that with me, Jeff! Reply

    • Maria
      April 15, 2019

      Maybe your water was too hot or your kitchen too cold. This is a great recipe that yields perfect buns every time. Reply

  • Lorraine
    February 6, 2019

    Made these today to “test” for Easter. They were really good! I did increase the spices and the next time I will also double the raisins but the texture was amazing. Thank you for sharing! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 6, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Enice Buo
    November 27, 2018

    Hi Natasha,

    Is it possible that I make the dough and freeze them right away? And how do I proof the frozen dough. Can I put it inside the oven while preheating and just bake it right away?

    Thanks Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 27, 2018

      Hi Enice! I haven’t tried freezing these but here is what one of our readers posted ” I added the zest from 1/2 lemon (grated on a fine mesh grater) with the spices. I made half of the buns right away as directed (except I used a round cake pan) and put the second half of the buns in a separate buttered cake pan and just popped the whole pan into the freezer before they could start rising. Two days later, I took the pan out of the freezer about three hours before I wanted to bake them, and they defrosted and rose perfectly. I baked the second pan as directed and they were delicious.” I hope this helps. Reply

  • Kimberly
    April 15, 2018

    I’m not a very good cook and I constantly make mistakes, but your pictures and detailed descriptions save me. I’m pretty sure that I forgot a cup of flour, but I was able to add a tablespoon at a time until I had the consistency matching your description and pictures. Wonderful, fluffy, delicious buns! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 15, 2018

      Yay! I’m glad to hear the recipe was a success! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review Kimberly! Reply

    • Kimberly
      April 28, 2019

      I made these again today, this time refrigerating them overnight before the second rise. It took about an hour to get to room temp and then I let it rise for 30 minutes. They came out just as delicious as before! Reply

  • Joy
    April 13, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    Your recipe sounds delicious, and the photos you have included on your site are a great help, however I found that I could not copy and paste your wonderful recipe to my computer. Of course, I could choose to copy your recipe because I have two computer screens, but I would not have the benefit of all your marvelous photos. My Dell computer was just professionally installed and your recipe cannot be copied and pasted. Perhaps you would consider making your website more accessible to users.
    Baking Joy Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 13, 2018

      Hi Joy, thank you for sharing your feedback. We don’t have anything specifically in place to prevent copying and pasting a recipe. Maybe it is something hard coded into WordPress (the core blogging platform we use) In that case, I would have no idea where to start to change that! Reply

  • Inesa
    April 4, 2018

    Natasha, can I put unbaked buns in the fridge after step 6 for overnight? How long should they be on countertop the next morning before going to the oven? Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 4, 2018

      Hi Inessa, I haven’t experimented with these buns but have with a similar dough recipe. I would refrigerate at step 6, but before the 30 minute rise. Then bring them back to room temperature and let them puff up before baking. Reply

  • Elaine
    April 1, 2018

    Thank you for Hot Cross Bun recipe. They were absolutely super.Brought back memories from my home country South Africa.
    Keep up the good work. Take care. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 1, 2018

      You’re welcome Elaine! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe and that it brought back such fond memories, funny how food can do that. Thanks for following and sharing your thoughtful review! Reply

    • Sharn
      April 18, 2019

      This recipe is the absolute best! The buns were so soft. Tweaked the recipe a little I added more spices and I put cherries, craisins and mixed fruit and essence. I highly recommend this recipe you will not regret! Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        April 18, 2019

        I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Kathy Howlett
    April 1, 2018

    I made these yesterday and they are excellent. Very nice texture, not too sweet. I put 15 in a 9 x 13 pan and mixed currants and craisins, snipping the craisins into smaller pieces. Used 1% milk. Lovely. Will make again. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 1, 2018

      I’m happy to hear that Kathy! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review with other readers! Reply

  • Marelyn
    March 30, 2018

    These are perfect. Perfect! Light and so tasty. Don’t know why people critique recipes that they have changed to suit themselves. Not the same recipe anymore is it?
    Thank you Natasha. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 30, 2018

      I’m glad you enjoy the recipe so much Marelyn, thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Jen
    March 29, 2018

    Hi Natasha! My dough appears much thicker than yours after kneading with the dough hook. I followed amounts of ingredients quite closely, so I’m not sure what could have gone wrong. Any thoughts? Is it possible my yeast isn’t good? I just purchased it today!

    Dough is currently proofing so hopefully it will rise okay. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 29, 2018

      Hi Jen, One thing to consider is the measuring of flour – if you pack the flour into the measuring cup by dunking the cup directly into the bin, you can get 25% or more than what the recipe calls for. Here is a great tutorial on how to measure for baking. The yeast is probably fresh if you just purchased it today, but it can be deactivated if you overheat the mixture while proofing or rising. It is important not to add hot milk, but rather just warm (not more than 100˚F). It is also important that the dough does not get hotter than 100˚F for proofing or yeast can be deactivated. I sure hope that helps! Reply

      • Jen
        March 31, 2018

        I think I may have killed my yeast with milk that was too warm, as they never really rose! Second batch is a success though. 😊😊😊 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          April 1, 2018

          I’m so glad to hear the second batch was a success!! 🙂 That little tip about not overheating the yeast will save you a ton of trouble when working with yeast recipes 🙂 Reply

  • Marie
    March 28, 2018

    Should I ice before freezing the buns or thaw and then ice them.? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 28, 2018

      Hi Marie, I think it would work either way. If you plan on thawing the buns in the oven or warm environment, it may be safer to ice afterwards. Reply

  • Carla
    March 28, 2018

    What can I use to replace the egg wash? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 28, 2018

      Hi Carla, you can brush them with sugar water when they come out of the oven of some coconut oil. Reply

  • Lisa King
    March 26, 2018

    Hi loved reading your recipe, how much buns is yielded from the dough? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 26, 2018

      Hi Lisa, this yields 12 buns. For future reference, I usually have this information in the print-friendly recipe card towards the bottom of the post. I hope you love the recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • Bob
    March 24, 2018

    Hello,

    At step 4, if using the dough hook, how exactly do you knead the dough with the electric mixer? Is there a specific speed it should be on? Thank you so much.

    Have a great Easter! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 24, 2018

      Hi Bob, great question 😀. You should use speed 2 when using dough hook. Hope that helps. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 24, 2018

      Hi Bob, thank you so much for asking! I added that important detail. Anytime the dough hook is used for an elastic dough like this one, it should be used on speed 2 and not higher or it will be a strain on your mixer (this is also the manufacturer recommendation). A wonderful Easter to you also! 🙂 Reply

  • Linda G
    March 24, 2018

    Thank for this recipe is my first time baking hot cross bun and my family is very happy with the results we enjoyed for sure I’m bake again. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 24, 2018

      My pleasure Linda! I’m happy to hear the recipe is a hit. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Jocelyn
    March 7, 2018

    Thank you for this recipe and this site! But mostly, thank you for the clear presentation of why we have Resurrection Sunday! 🙂

    I was excited to find this site also because in my family we are Polish and Russian, and we love eastern European fare. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 7, 2018

      My pleasure Jocelyn! I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the post. Thanks for following and sharing your encouraging comments! God Bless 🙂 Reply

  • Alea
    February 26, 2018

    Can I add cherries to this bread along with the raisins? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 26, 2018

      Hi Alea, I think dried cherries would work great! Reply

  • Zhanna Andreyanov
    January 17, 2018

    This recipe is amazing! So easy and so delicious. Can’t mess it up! Love it!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 17, 2018

      I’m glad you love it Zhanna! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Reply

  • Kristen Carley
    April 16, 2017

    Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic recipe! The results were outstanding! Everyone at our holiday table couldn’t say enough wonderful things about them! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 16, 2017

      Kristen, I’m so happy to hear that 😬. Thank you for such a nice review! Reply

  • Inga
    April 15, 2017

    After my first yeast bread attempt crashed and burned (your easy no knead bread), I decided not to give up. I made these for Easter this year and they came out beautifully! My husband powdered them with sugar – he enjoys helping 😉 thank you for keeping up or traditions and recording the recipes for posterity. I forgot to mention they were delicious! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 15, 2017

      I’m so glad to hear that Inga! Thanks for the compliments and for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 15, 2017

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the hot cross buns!! Thank you for that glowing review 🙂 Reply

  • GregB
    April 15, 2017

    These are amazing buns. I added the zest from 1/2 lemon (grated on a fine mesh grater) with the spices. I made half of the buns right away as directed (except I used a round cake pan) and put the second half of the buns in a separate buttered cake pan and just popped the whole pan into the freezer before they could start rising. Two days later, I took the pan out of the freezer about three hours before I wanted to bake them, and they defrosted and rose perfectly. I baked the second pan as directed and they were delicious. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 15, 2017

      That is so great to know that they are freezer friendly!! Thank you for sharing that with us 🙂 Reply

  • Marian
    April 12, 2017

    Didn’t like it as the bread had a cake like texture, possibly because of all purpose flour. Will try making a small batch with bread flour to see the difference. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 12, 2017

      Hi Marian, these are more of a traditional Easter sweet bread so they are supposed to be softer than regular bread rolls. Reply

  • LOUISE TEIXEIRA
    April 12, 2017

    Can you make the dough in advance and bake it the next day? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 12, 2017

      Hi Louise, that should work just fine. In step 6, I would put them into the buttered pan and cover with plastic wrap (without letting them rise) and refrigerate. When ready to bake, let them come to room temperature and let them rise the following day before baking. Reply

  • Sam1963
    April 5, 2017

    Love, love, love these buns. This is seriously the best that I have evèr tasted. Light fluffy moist and absolutely delicious. This recipe is a keeper. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 5, 2017

      That’s great Sam! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review! 😀 Reply

      • Sam1963
        April 12, 2017

        Hi Natasha

        If I want to multiply the recipe by 4 i.e. make 48 buns do I need to make any adjustment to the recipe other that multiplying the amount of ingredients by 4? Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          April 12, 2017

          Hi Sam – Wow that is a whole lot of buns! 🙂 I can’t think of any modifications except it would probably be best to make it in 2 separate batches (doubling each batch) unless you have commercial grade jumbo sized equipment. Quadrupling the dough would overwhelm a normal stand mixer and it would probably be difficult to knead that much dough by hand – it would probably take longer to knead sufficiently if you were to make the full quadruple batch at once. I would also suggest baking 2 batches at a time on the same rack in the oven. Reply

          • Sam1963
            April 13, 2017

            Thank you for taking the time to respond Natasha. Two double batches it will be. Have a great Easter weekend.

          • Jeff Corso
            April 11, 2019

            I doubled the batch thinking I would only get 24 buns but got 36

          • Natasha
            April 11, 2019

            Hi Jeff, you can definitely make them smaller to get more – as a single batch it does make a very big bun 🙂

  • Michele
    March 24, 2017

    Natasha,
    Never think you are putting in too much details. This was my FIRST successful yeast bread recipe! Came out beautifully! I can’t thank you enough!
    Michele Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 24, 2017

      Awesome! I’m happy to hear that Michele! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • January 18, 2017

    Hi natasha thanks for sharing a yummy delicious recipe. I will try to make this recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 18, 2017

      You will love it!! Let me know what you think! Reply

  • Lena
    March 28, 2016

    Thank you for the recipe Natasha. It was a big hit at our Easter party. I used bread machine dough cycle after adding cranberries and it worked wonderful. Thank you again for sharing, Lena Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 28, 2016

      Thank you so much for sharing that! People often ask about making doughs in the bread maker. You’re awesome! 🙂 Reply

  • Brian McMahon
    March 27, 2016

    Excellent. Great texture and flavor. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 27, 2016

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Tammy
    March 26, 2016

    My first time making Hot Cross Buns and this recipe turned out awesome! No one in my family is a fan of raisins so I used the dried cranberries and added orange zest. Wow!! They’re amazing!! Thank you for your recipe. I’ll be making them again and again! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 26, 2016

      Tammy, I’m so happy you like them 😁. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • James
    March 26, 2016

    Hello, I have a question re: the yeast. I have the Fleischmann’s Instant yeast, do I need to change the amount of milk in the recipe since it doesn’t need to be dissolved in liquid? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 26, 2016

      Hi James, I haven’t tested this recipe with instant yeast so I can’t really give you advice on using it. The recipe still needs the milk in it even if the yeast doesn’t have to be dissolved. If you try it with the instant yeast, let me know how it turns out! Reply

      • James
        March 27, 2016

        Okay so I used the same amount of milk but slightly less yeast since it was the instant kind. I used 1.5 tsp for this recipe. They came out great! I also added a little candied orange peel and a few sultanas. Our household is all English and Australian and these reminded us of the ones we get at home! Thank you for the recipe! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 27, 2016

          Thank you so much for sharing that with me! Someone may have a question about instant yeast in the future and it’s great to know it works well! At what point did you add the yeast? Did you stir it in with the dry ingredients? Reply

          • James
            April 1, 2016

            I added the yeast in step 2, but just didn’t wait the 10 minutes for it to react and continued to step 3 😉

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            April 1, 2016

            Thank you so much! 🙂

  • angela
    March 26, 2016

    hi natasha what if i do not have a mixer? can i just stir with a spoon? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 26, 2016

      Yes, you can make pretty much any recipe by hand, it’s just going to be more work involved to knead the dough. Happy Easter!! Reply

  • March 25, 2016

    Never made hot cross buns until today, when I saw your recipe. Gave it a try and they turned out awesome! Going to try it with craisins and mixed peel next time I think… Like, next year, lol. This goes in the recipe box, thanks 🙂

    Ps: 5 month old in these parts! If there’s a will there’s a way. I always say, if there’s anything in life that truly makes you happy and you’re passionate it about, then it will get done, with time left over for snuggles 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 25, 2016

      I love how you put that, “with time left over for snuggles.” I”m so happy you loved the recipe! Thank you for the awesome review 🙂 Reply

  • Lavaughn Thomas
    March 24, 2016

    Oh My Goodness…these are the best. I just made them and they turned out PERFECTLY!!!
    The only things I added were some candied fruits and tripled the amount of spice. As soon as I put the crosses on and took some photos for my IG feed, they were ALL GONE!
    Thank you so much Natasha for this wonderful recipe. I look forward to trying other recipes on your blog. Happy Easter!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 24, 2016

      Awww I’m so happy to hear that!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review. I love your ideas of adding candied fruits and more spice. Yum!! Reply

  • Katie
    March 24, 2016

    Dough is currently proofing in the oven with 1 cup white and 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour because its all I had in stock. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

    My 5 y/o daughter was motivated by the “Hot Cross Buns” song to pester me all day to make them and it just happens to be a few days before Easter, so we went for it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 24, 2016

      Katie, I would love to hear how they turn out 😀. Reply

  • Marie
    March 20, 2016

    Hi Natasha, I was wondering if you knew how I could substitute the AP Flour with gluten free flour in the Hot Cross Bun recipe. Unfortunately, I am gluten intolerant and am new to baking GF.

    Thank You! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 20, 2016

      I’m sorry to hear that! My sister follows a GF diet and she said it was really tough initially but it gets easier. Without testing it with the GF flour myself, I really can’t say since baking is so much of a science. I wish I had a better answer. If you do test it out, please let me know how it goes in case someone else may have the same question. Reply

  • Anna
    April 29, 2015

    yes! thanks for the recipe, definitely on my list to do this week. Love your website, always my go-to for ideas. but now there are sooo much ads! omg i have to keep clicking out of them all the time on your site. yikes… hope its not permenant.. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 29, 2015

      Hi Anna, what do you mean by clicking out of them? All of our ads are stationary in the right column except for the new one in the left after the first paragraph. Is that the one you’re referring to? It’s new so we do appreciate your feedback. Thanks Anna! Reply

    • kendelle
      March 11, 2016

      Hi Natasha,
      These buns are absolutely delicious! I made them and everyone is going crazy for more!!!
      Thank you so much for sharing this!

      I’d love to know if you’ve ever doubled the recipe?If so, did it yield the same great results? Also, I am planning to make lots of these for family and friends as gifts, can you please tell me if you’ve ever frozen the dough successfully and then baked? or should I bake them and then freeze them and just reheat before giving?

      Thanks for your help, really hoping to hear back:)

      Kendelle Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        March 11, 2016

        I’m so happy you all loved them! I haven’t tried freezing the dough before baking. Without testing it that way, I can’t really recommend it. I think it’s safer to freeze once they have cooled to room temperature. Reply

  • April 7, 2015

    These buns are just gorgeous, hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 7, 2015

      Thank you Laura and we did have a great Easter :). Reply

  • Luba
    April 6, 2015

    Natasha, I think you did a great job of presentation considering your circumstances! I know all about baking with a newborn, since my son is only 4 months now. I LOVE baking, and can’t keep myself away from it (especially when I know my husband loves sweets even more than I do). But sometimes, it takes me 4-5 hours just to make ONE cake, because I do it in three different sittings! 🙂 It’s a hassle, but I am oh so happy for it, just as I bet you are, too! 🙂 May God bless your little family and thank you for keeping the recipes coming! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 6, 2015

      We understand each other :). I just finally put my sweetheart to sleep. She fell asleep on my chest/shoulder and I was able to work on a recipe draft. I’m trying to get creative with getting work accomplished 🙂 Reply

  • April 6, 2015

    One of my favorite Easter treats! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 6, 2015

      Hi Jennifer! Isn’t it nice to have Easter baking traditions? For every holiday really 🙂 Reply

  • These look so tasty! I can only imagine what it must be like to cook with a newborn, I think my dog is more than enough sometimes! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 6, 2015

      Yeah it’s definitely not easy! I had a kitten awhile back that just wouldn’t leave my toes alone when I was in the kitchen 🙂 Reply

  • Ashley
    April 4, 2015

    Can these rise in the fridge overnight? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 4, 2015

      Refrigerating them will cause the rising process to stop. I haven’t tried refrigerating them, but I imagine you could refrigerate overnight, then let them come to room temp and rise the next day. Reply

  • Anna Balaban
    April 4, 2015

    Does it need to be covered if i let it rise in the oven ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 4, 2015

      Anna, cover it with a tea towel to prevent the top from drying out :). Reply

      • Sammy
        March 19, 2016

        Hi Natasha
        Great buns all gone and making another batch.
        It is preferable to cover with a plastic film if refrigerating, rather than a tea towel unless you want the dough to dry out.
        I’ve tried it before. 🙂
        cheers and thanks for great bun recipe
        cheers Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 19, 2016

          Thank you so much for sharing that great tip and I’m so happy you are enjoying the recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • Marina
    April 3, 2015

    These looks mouthwatering! Trying them out today! 🙂 quick question tho- can I make the dough in my Breadmaker? Ive made your piroshki dough in the Breadmaker before & they turned out perfect. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2015

      I think it would work well in a breadmaker. I don’t see why not! 🙂 Reply

      • Marina
        April 5, 2015

        Tried making them today, and they turned out perfect! I made the dough in the Breadmaker & used golden raisins instead of craisins. They are so fluffy & yummy! I called them my version of Paski  Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          April 6, 2015

          It’s so great to know that the breadmaker worked well! Thank you so much for sharing that and I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe. Reply

  • Don’t worry about the look. Looks like it tastes light, fluffy and delicious! Happy Easter to you and your family Natasha! He is risen!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2015

      Thank you Valya! Surely, He IS risen! 🙂 Have an awesome Easter! Reply

  • Liudmila
    April 3, 2015

    They are my favorite, my Mom makes them. And was thinking today what should I bake on Easter, you saved my day, thank you Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2015

      I’m happy to help ;). Happy Easter! Reply

  • April 3, 2015

    Wow the cranberries in these buns are such a great idea! It’s always so interesting to see all of the different Easter baking that occurs around the world! So many different cultures make a very similar yeast bread, like the famous paska in the eastern European countries. I can’t wait to get started on my Easter baking this weekend! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2015

      Yes, paska is wonderful and such a classic treat. We make it also :-). What are you baking for Easter? Reply

      • April 3, 2015

        I will be attempting to try a new paska recipe. I made your recipe 2 years ago and loved it 🙂 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          April 3, 2015

          How fun! Have an awesome time baking! 🙂 Reply

          • Ami Salou
            April 8, 2019

            Yeahhh I was able to them yesterday
            With nutella inside.
            My kids love them
            Thank you Natasha!

          • Natashas Kitchen
            April 8, 2019

            That’s so great Ami! I’m so happy you all enjoyed that.

  • Lena
    April 3, 2015

    I am on it!! Hahaha I don’t have nutmeg can I omit it? Don’t feel like going to grocery store just for that :-/ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2015

      Yes, nutmeg can be omitted :). Reply

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