Growing up in Trinidad there wasn’t an Easter that we didn’t have hot cross buns. I’ve always loved them and decided to try them out. There are different versions of theses buns. Some are heavy and bread like and others are soft and moist.
I finally found a recipe I like which I adapted to suit my preferences. These buns are light and airy. They are not too sweet and have a good balance of dough and fruit. Be adventurous and try different dried fruit. If like me you’re not a good friend of baking with yeast, try the bread machine recipe I have below. Remember to use the dough cycle to knead the dough.
Hot Cross Buns Bread Machine Recipe
1 cup warm milk
4 tbsp margarine or butter
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground turmeric or saffron powder
1/2 cup raisins
4 cups all-purpose flour
5 tsp Vital Wheat Gluten
1 tbsp yeast
Dissolve 2 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp hot water
1. Add ingredients to bread machine bowl in order above unless your bread machine manual says other wise.
2. Use Bread Machine’s dough cycle.
3. When dough cycle is complete, place the dough in greased bowl and shape into 16 balls.
4. Place on lightly greased baking sheets.
5. Cover and let rise until doubled.
6. Bake at 375F for 12 to 15 minutes.
7. Make glaze by mixing sugar and warm water
8. When buns are finished baking, remove from oven and brush glaze over tops.
9. Place buns back in the oven for 2 mins.
Line the baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.
In colder climates, use a covered cake container as a “proof” box to help the balls rise.
Use a silicone pastry brush for the glaze.
Recipe adapted from: