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National Hot Cross Bun Day: How to Bake Hot Cross Buns with Milk Glaze

Hot Cross BunsDid you know that today is National Hot Cross Bun Day?

Well, in the USA it is…

Someone might mention “Hot Cross Buns” and this little ditty of a nursery rhyme pops into memory immediately!

Hot Cross Buns. Hot Cross Buns. One a penny, two a penny. Hot Cross Buns!

They are so silky, big & fluffy hiding their tasty, little morsels of goodness inside. Whether toasted or plain, they’re great!

Typically made for Easter, hot cross buns are great any time of year. Great for a snack, breakfast or dessert with some softened butter.

These buns originate from Great Britain, but transcend the globe with their tastiness.

I have a recipe that satisfies my craving. You will enjoy these buns for sure.

Type: Bread Bun Recipe
Serve with: softened butter
Prep Time: 20 min
Rise Time: ~ 1.5 hr
Bake Time: 15-20 min
Yield: 18 buns

Bun Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg active dry yeast – I prefer Fleischmann’s.
  • 2 tbsp water – warm
  • 1 cup milk – warm
  • 2 tbsp butter – soft
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 1 cup currants – optional
  • 2 tbsp citron – chopped; or other candied fruit

Bun Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 420 degrees F.
  2. Prepare yeast using warm water in a small bowl combined with active dry yeast.
  3. Separately, in a large mixing bowl, combine milk, butter, sugar and salt.
  4. When slightly cooled, add egg and combine all ingredients above together.
  5. Add half of the flour and stir until loosely combined, then add other half and work flour into dough until consistency is easily handled.
  6. Lightly fold in, as desired, currants, chopped citron, or other candied combination, with cinnamon & nutmeg.
  7. Allow to rise for approximately 45 min to 1 hr.
  8. Punch down dough, then make about 18 rolls, and place on a greased cookie sheet evenly spaced with room to rise.
  9. Allow to rise for at least an additional 30 min.
  10. Bake between 15-20 min.
  11. Make a cross on each bun with milk glaze.

Milk Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2.75 tsp hot milk
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract

Milk Glaze Instructions:

  1. Whisk together in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Drizzle on Hot Cross Buns.

Mmm…That’s all I have to say about that!

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