Hot cross buns

I’ve been making these since I was a child. Simple, delicious, and perfect every time.


Difficulty: Medium

Time: 30 min. preparation time, 30 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 531 / Protein 10g / Carbohydr. 70g / Fat 23g

Ingredients (8 servings)

100 gbutter
1vanilla bean
265 mlmilk (divided)
85 gsugar
42 gfresh yeast
530 gflour
100 graisins
4egg yolks (divided)
1 tspcinnamon
30 mlwater
flour for work surface


pastry brush, baking sheet, oven, small saucepan, parchment paper, piping bag, stand mixer or hand mixer with beaters

Wine Tip

Blueberry and apple lemonade
This refreshing, fruity lemonade pairs perfectly with hot cross buns, especially when served at brunch.

Step 1

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In a small saucepan, melt butter and add vanilla bean seeds. Cook for approx. 1 – 2 min. and then remove from heat.

small saucepan

100 g butter / 1 vanilla bean

Step 2

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In a small saucepan, slowly warm up some of the milk, part of sugar, and yeast over low heat until it’s warm to the touch.

small saucepan

250 ml milk / 80 g sugar / 42 g fresh yeast

Step 3

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In a stand mixer, beat together some of the flour, butter, raisins, egg yolks, cinnamon, and milk mixture for approx. 3 – 5 min. Cover and allow to rest in a warm place for approx. 30 – 35 min.

stand mixer or hand mixer with beaters

500 g flour / 100 g butter / 100 g raisins / 3 egg yolks / 1 tsp cinnamon

Step 4

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Turn out dough onto a floured work surface and form into individual rounds, approx. the size of dinner rolls. Transfer to a lined baking sheet and let rest for approx. another 30 min.

baking sheet, parchment paper

flour for surface work

Step 5

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Preheat oven to 200°C/390°F. Mix together rest of egg yolk and milk and brush on top of buns. Mix together rest of flour, rest of sugar, and water and transfer to a piping bag.

pastry brush, oven, piping bag

1 egg yolk / 1 tbsp milk / 30 g flour / 5 g sugar / 30 ml water

Step 6

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Pipe icing over buns to form a cross-shape. Transfer to preheated oven and bake at 200°C/390°F for approx. 20 – 25 min. until golden brown. Enjoy with some butter and jam!