Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns | Cooking on the Front Burner

One a penny, two a penny - Hot Cross Buns!  Remember that Mother Goose nursery rhyme? I bet for some of you, this is a treat you grew up with and maybe make for your family.  Even though we didn't grow up eating these tasty treats, traditions around the holidays are so important to me. Passing recipes from generation to generation keeps families connected.

Hot Cross Buns are traditionally a Good Friday day treat.  The bun is a nicely raised roll, lightly spiced with cinnamon, cardamom and my version has raisins but you could also use currants.  Perfect for a coffee or tea break.

We do have a traditional bread in our Italian family but sadly since my mom passed away 7 years ago, I haven't made it on my own.  She had the touch but I know I should give it a try! They are called Ciambellone  - it involves yeast cakes (I have no idea where you can buy them), maraschino cherries, anise seeds and lots of work!  Maybe I'll get my girls together and we can figure it out together.  I know she would have liked that.

Hot Cross Buns

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 10 minutes plus rising
Bake Time: 25 minutes
Yield 12 rolls
Inspired from Taste of Home 
    • 1 pkg dry yeast
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 cup warm milk (~115 degrees)
    • 1/4 cups soft butter
    • 1 egg
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup raisins
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom (or nutmeg)
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon soft butter
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    • 3-4 teaspoons milk
    1. Place warm milk in a large bowl then add the yeast and 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes.
    2. Next add the butter, egg, raisins, salt and remaining sugar. Beat until smooth.
    3. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough.
    4. On a floured surface, knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic which takes about 6-8 minutes.
    5. Place in a greased bowl, turn once to grease the top then cover and let rise until doubled in a warm area (about 1 hour).
    6. Punch dough down then place on a lightly floured surface. Divide into 12 portions and shape each into a ball.
    7. Place in a greased 13x9" pan. Cover again and rise until doubled (around 45 minutes)
    8. Remove cover and bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until browned.
    9. Let cool on wire rack in pan
    10. Make icing by combining the powered sugar, butter, vanilla and milk (just until it is easy to pipe). Pipe an X on top of each cooled bun (slightly warm).
    11. Best when first made.
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    Confession time... mine did not turn out round even though I rolled them into a ball.  I'm not sure if they maybe rose too much before I baked them.  It certainly didn't effect the taste though...

    Hot Cross Buns | Cooking on the Front Burner

    What kind of traditions do you have around Easter?

    Hot Cross Buns | Cooking on the Front Burner


    1. I think your hot cross buns look perfect, Deb! I love how soft and pillowy they are and the cinnamon and cardamom sound fantastic!

    2. Those buns look perfect, Deb!! Mmmmm! I have never heard of Ciambellone - I would love to see a recipe for that. I bet you could substitute regular yeast in place of the yeast cakes - I haven't seen those in years!

    3. These little buns sound amazing! Would be fun to try your mom's recipe....but in the meantime, these look pretty darn delicious!

    4. Oh, these look good! Wish I had one now with my cup of coffee.

    5. Deb, so yummy!

      Thank you so much for linking up with us... Featuring you next week!

    6. These look delicious! I bet the icing is to die for!

    7. These look perfect, moist and yummy! I have always wanted to know how to make my own inside of buying them! Now I know! Yeah! :-) I would love for you to share this over at my new link party Making Memories Mondays going on now!

    8. The photos are amazing. I can just taste the bread melting in my mouth. I've never thought about trying to make my own. Thank you for sharing the recipe. #WineddownWednesday

    9. These look so good! When I lived in England, these were everywhere around Easter time! Seeing your pictures brought back all those memories, I can just smell them! These look fantastic!

    10. Yum! These look so good, I would love if you would stop by and share on my Friday Favorites linkup!

    11. Oh my goodness! Hot cross buns are one of my favourite things! I love them toasted with a nice spread of butter and cup of tea - but only around Easter! Thanks for sharing : ) I came across you on the weekend retreat link party

      Kathryn | Nimble Note

    12. This looks incredible! I'm drooling right now. Pinned and tweeted. We are so thrilled to have you at our party. Please stop by on Monday at 7, so we can see your amazing projects. Lou Lou Girls

    13. Incredibly delicious and gorgeous photos! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

    14. I'm rooting for you to connect with your sisters and your Italian heritage! I've never heard of those. But if these are any indication, I bet they'll be wonderful!

    15. I adore these! Hot cross buns are such fun treats, but I love these even more since they are for breakfast! SO clever. :)

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