Hot cross buns are a traditional Easter treat, but their delightful spiciness and sweet fruitiness make them a delicious option any time of year. This recipe will guide you through the process of making these soft, aromatic buns, complete with their iconic cross on top. Let’s begin.


For the Buns:

4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup warm milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup currants or raisins
1/4 cup mixed candied peel, finely chopped (optional)
For the Cross:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons water
For the Glaze:

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract




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