Discover this delicious Hot Cross Buns recipe. Bringing smiles to the table is easy when you serve this sweet, nutty pastry glazed with a sugary icing.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 24 servings
6 Tbsp. plus 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. milk, divided
1 pkg. (1/4 oz.) fast-rising yeast
2 whole egg s
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
4 cups flour, divided
1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS Walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup currants
1/2 cup candied fruit
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. zest and 1 Tbsp. juice from 1 lemon
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Let's Make It
Melt 6 Tbsp. butter; cool. Microwave 1 cup milk in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 sec. or just until warmed; pour into large mixer bowl. Add yeast, whole eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, spices and melted butter; beat with mixer fitted with dough hook attachment until blended.
Add 3-3/4 cups flour gradually, mixing on low speed after each addition until blended. Beat 3 min. (Dough will be soft and slightly sticky.) Add nuts, currants and candied fruit; beat until blended.
Grease separate large bowl with 1 Tbsp. of the remaining butter. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. of the remaining flour onto work surface; top with dough. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding remaining flour as needed. Shape into ball. Place in prepared bowl; turn dough over. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until doubled in volume.
Use remaining butter to grease 15x10x1-inch pan. Punch down dough; place on lightly floured work surface. Knead 1 min. Divide into 24 pieces; roll each into ball. Place in prepared pan.
Whisk egg white and remaining milk until blended; brush half evenly onto dough. Reserve remaining egg wash for later use.
Spray plastic wrap with cooking spray; place, sprayed sides down, over dough. Let rise in warm place 30 min. to 1 hour or until doubled in volume.
Heat oven to 375°F. Use kitchen shears to cut cross in top of each bun; brush with reserved egg wash.
Bake 25 to 30 min. or until golden brown; cool completely.
Mix powdered sugar, lemon zest and juice until blended. Spoon over buns in the shape of a cross.
The dough ingredients can be mixed together ahead of time. Mix as directed, then place in prepared bowl and refrigerate overnight. When ready to bake, punch down dough, roll into balls and continue as directed.
The milk needs to be warmed in order to activate the yeast. If you prefer to instead heat the milk on top of the stove, pour it into a small saucepan, then cook on medium heat just until warmed (about 100°F). If milk is too hot, it will kill the yeast. Or, if it is not heated enough, the dough may not rise, or might take longer to rise.
Instead of using the egg white for the egg wash, you can instead use a whole egg.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 27g
Dietary Fibers 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.