For as long as I can remember, my mother has always made hot cross buns on Good Friday. Sweet and delicious, they take me back home every time I eat one. This is her time-tested recipe, and it’s filled with goodness and love!
Hot Cross Buns
4 to 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup raisins
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons yeast
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter
½ cup water
½ cup milk
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Milk or cream until desired consistency
Blend all ingredients together.
Heat butter, water and milk to 120 degrees. Add to 1 ½ cups flour and remaining dry ingredients and raisins. Beat two minutes at medium speed. Add ½ cup flour and eggs. Beat two minutes at high speed. Stir in remaining 2 to 2 ½ cups flour to make soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Cover; let rise about 20 minutes.
Punch down; divide in half.
Shape each half into 12 equal pieces. Round each piece into a smooth ball. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Brush with melted butter. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 2 to 24 hours.
Uncover and let stand 10 minutes. Cut shallow cross on top of each.
Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
Cool slightly; glaze.
I hope you’ll give this recipe a try. Make the dough up tonight – trust me, these are way better than what you can buy at Panera. In the morning, your kitchen will be filled with the heavenly aroma of scrumptious bread baking in your oven. Treat your loved ones to fresh hot cross buns and it just may be the beginning of a new tradition for your family!