Hot cross buns are traditionally served during Lent, particularly on Good Friday in some parts of the world. The cross on them reminds us of the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. The spices used in them are reminders of the fragrant spices used during burial at the time.
So make some hot cross buns this Lent and take the time to reflect on the passion of our Lord with your family. One recipe is given below.
Hot Cross Buns
- 2 packages active dry yeast or 4 1/2 teaspoons
- 2 cups milk warmed
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup butter softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 6 to 7 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 teaspoons milk
- In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the milk.
- In a large bowl, mix the eggs, butter, sugar, salt, spices, yeast mixture and about 3 cups of the flour.
- Stir in raisins.
- Continue stirring in the flour until a soft, sticky dough forms.
- Knead on a floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic
- Cover and let rise in a warm location until doubled, about an hour.
- Punch down the dough.
- Shape into 32 balls.
- Place the balls about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets.
- Cover and let rise in a warm location until doubled, about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Cut a cross on top of each bun with a sharp knife.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and water.
- Brush the tops of the buns with the egg wash.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let the rolls cool for 30 minutes on wire racks.
- Mix the powdered sugar and enough milk to reach desired consistency to make an icing.
- Pipe an icing cross on top of each bun.