This is an Easy Recipe! Hot Cross Buns makes a traditional treat for Good Friday, and are often served throughout the Easter Season (although I am firmly convinced they are good enough to serve year round….). The buns are soft, not too sweet, perfect with a cup of coffee to start your day. (Because I have an insatiable sweet tooth, I eat mine with jam…)
Usually I tend to avoid fiddling with yeast dough because, well, I’m an impatient baker. I hate waiting for things to rise. Who has time for that? (BTW, Staring at the dough is no help at all… you just have to walk away… fold laundry, take a kid to a flute lesson, run the vacuum….) On the other hand, kneading dough is the world’s best therapy. (Take THAT cable bill!)
As usual, I’ve put in Step-by-Step photos below… give them a try! I’ll walk you through it…
Easy Recipe Hot Cross Buns
A Kitchen Aid Mixer is a Great Help!
Don’t want to knead dough by hand? Use a Kitchen Aid Mixer with a Dough Hook. Honestly, this work horse will make your baking life a lot easier. Just put the ingredients in, and let the machine do the mixing and kneading for you!
I use both the 5 Quart and the 7 Quart Models…
Easy Recipe Hot Cross Buns – Step By Step with Photos!
Prepare the Yeast
(yes, it looks icky)
Got Your Dry Ingredients?
Dough in oiled bowl after rising 1 1/2 hours
Dump Onto the Counter
Folding the After Rising
Please don’t manhandle your dough after the first rising… the dough fold method results in a much lighter bun
Cut Dough to Size
Forming the Dough Balls
Smooth the dough into balls by pulling the corners of the dough down to the bottom and pinching the edges together
Buns in Pan before Rising
Line the dough balls in a pan for rising
After 45 minutes, your risen buns should look like this
Bake 22 minutes… they will look like this coming out of the oven… and the wonderful smell fills the house