Hot Cross Buns

Good Friday everyone! Or do I say Happy Good Friday?

Are you excited for Easter Sunday? I love celebrating Easter with my family and can't wait.

I also love Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, too. Those are my favorite things to eat on Easter. Remember when I made those Reese's Peanut Butter Egg Cookies two years ago? Why haven't I made those again?
Do you say "Reesees" or "Resez"?

I also really like Honeybaked Ham. I don't think we've ever actually eaten Honeybaked Ham on Easter. I think that's what other families do, and I want to be like them. I'd probably be the only person who would eat it, but I don't care. Maybe I'll bring my own ham and gnaw on it while everyone else is eating turkey.

I'm trying to narrow down what I should make for Easter dessert. The choices are carrot cake, carrot cake whoopie pies, hummingbird cake, and strawberry-lemon trifle. What do you think? Family members feel free to weigh in.

Guess what? My grandma and Elmer are coming to visit on Easter. I might have some good stories for you on Monday.


I made some Hot Cross Buns for you on this Good Friday. I've never made hot cross buns before, and I didn't really know much about them. I researched and learned more about them, studied different recipes, and made my own.

I won't bore you with all the hot cross bun details, but basically they're sweet yeast rolls with either raisins, currents, or candied fruit/citrus in them.

I chose to use raisins in my hot cross buns... well, half of the buns.  Fun fact: I used raisins from the box of raisin bran that's taking me months to eat. I'm not a raisin bran-lover. Give me some Blueberry Morning!! You know what I mean? Grandma and Elmer know what I'm talking about. They like Blueberry Morning. Fun fact: Grandma calls cereal, breakfast food. Is that what they called cereal back in the day?

It seems like that would be confusing...
"Good morning, honey. What would you like for breakfast today?"
"Say, pour me some breakfast food, why don't you? That would be real swell."


But anyway, I made these rolls today and they hardly took any time and were easy to make. I made a buttery, sweet yeast bread dough using my stand mixer, and used cinnamon, allspice and raisins for the flavoring.

After allowing the dough to rise an hour, I divided it into twelve balls and let them rise 30 minutes. The rolls get a cross cut into them followed by a bath of egg wash. Bake them for 15 minutes and they're done!

A little powdered sugar cross gets basted on the rolls after they've cooled, and then they're ready for eating. These were so good! They turned out beautifully and tasted delicious. I would recommend soaking your dried fruit, though. My raisins got a little caramelized.


Hot Cross Buns

3/4 cup warm milk (not hot)
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon granulated sugar + 1/4 cup
2 large eggs, room temperature, divided use
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
3 cups bread flour
1/2 cup raisins, soaked in hot water (optional)
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Stir together milk, yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer; allow to sit 10 minutes or until bubbly. Using the dough hook, mix in remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, butter, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice until well combined. Mix in flour and raisins on low speed until combined. Increase mixer speed to medium and allow to knead for 8 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.

Place dough in large greased mixing bowl and lightly cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise in a warm area for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Divide dough into 12 equal pieces and form balls. Place on two greased cookie sheets. Lightly cover with a towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes in a warm area.

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Using a shap knife or scissors, cut a cross into each dough ball. Whisk remaining 1 egg with a teaspoon of water until well combined; brush over dough balls. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer buns to wire racks to cool completely.

To make the glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and 2 teaspoons of water until well combined. Drizzle glaze into a cross over the tops of buns.

Makes 1 dozen hot cross buns.


  1. I could stare at your hot cross buns forever and eat them even longer than that. Regarding the dessert, I'd totally vote for the strawberry lemon trifle.

  2. I hope you have an awesome Easter with your family. These look really delicious!

  3. Nice buns, my dear :)

    Those buns of yours are lookin' good.

    Happy Easter!

  4. Oh they are really beautiful!!! So sweet and shining icing yum! I like Easter too, especially all the chocolate around it!

  5. These look delicious...seriously some of the most gorgeous hot cross buns we've seen!

  6. I say carrot cake whoopie pies! Those sound pretty tasty! I'm debating doing a raw carrot cake/cheesecake deal myself, but I don't think I have the time. I've gotta make a vegan dish for myself to chow on.

    Have a fun Easter! I hope you get your ham!

  7. I'm pretty sure my family doesn't eat ham on easter either...I'm pretty sure they eat pasta. And only pasta. Hard to say though...all the holidays are running together in my mind.

    I vote for the carrot cake or the carrot cake whoopie pies! Anything that has cream cheese frosting is ideal in my opinion.

    These hot cross buns are adorable! And I bet, absolutely delicious as well!

  8. You have a great way with lighting in those pictures of the buns, nice work!

  9. Congrats to Sara!

    I don't think I have ever had a hot cross bun, but they look like a perfect addition to brunch!

    Have a happy Easter!

  10. I haven't had hot crossed buns since I was a kid! Those look really good! I always end up making "half and half" recipes because I love nuts and dried fruit and my boyfriend does not.

  11. I would make carrot cake, it's easy to make and very tasty too. (I know you always come up with your own fantastic recipes, but the Pioneer Woman's carrot cake is awesome!) Have a happy easter!

  12. These are so Easter! They are gorgeous! Happy Easter

  13. Cute buns! (hah) Hummingbird cake sounds delicious for Easter--I'll be making lemon ricotta cheesecake :)

  14. I love hummingbird is so good! Have a great Easter and I'm looking forward to reading some stories about your grandma and Elmer!!!

  15. Hot cross buns are a must around here for Easter.

  16. Those are LOVELY! They look like something from Alice in Wonderland, just little bits of perfection.

  17. unbelievably gorgeous and delicious and all the above! i want one NOW please! Hope to make these soon maybe with a different kind of glaze like blackberry or something?

  18. I thought I'd be the only one so far to let you know how I say Reece's. Resez!

  19. i love the unique little pointies on your buns!
    and i'll forever say reeeeseeees. :)

  20. I had hot cross buns this year for the first time. A friend made them and brought them around to everyone so we could bake them fresh in our homes. I really liked them!