Hot Cross Buns that won’t disappoint!!!

I have made so many hot cross buns and been disappointed until this recipe.  Very simple, you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry so you shouldn’t have to worry about leaving home during this COVID19 pandemic.  Let’s get into this recipe!!!
Hot Cross Buns⠀

4 cups flour⠀
3 tsp instant dry yeast
4 tsp baking powder⠀
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg⠀
1/2 tsp ground ginger⠀
1/2 cup raisins⠀
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 egg

1 cup lukewarm milk⠀
1/2 cup brown sugar⠀
1 tsp salt⠀
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon⠀
4 tbsp. softened butter
1 tbsp. lard

1 tbsp orange/lemon zest⠀
1 tsp almond essence
1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tsp lemon infused coconut oil

1/2 tsp turmeric for yellow colour….I didn’t use it because I didn’t have any

My method

Sift flour in a separate bowl and place 3 1/2 cups of flour in another bowl (if you have a standing mixer you can use it) along with sugar, yeast, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt.  Add softened butter, lard, eggs, zest, almond and vanilla essence and milk.

Knead dough for about 5mins.  The dough will be sticky.  Add raisins and cranberries (if you don’t have dried cranberries that’s fine add more raisins), knead the fruit in and then add the remaining 1/2 cup of flour and knead dough for another 5 mins.  At this point the dough should be soft, and able to form into a ball.  Grease ball with lemon infused coconut oil and let the dough rest for 1hr 30mins in a warm place.  I usually place my dough in my oven (which I would have warmed up previously to 175f and then shut the oven off)

Punch dough gently and light knead dough back into a ball.  Cut dough into 12-18 even pieces.  I made 12 gigantic buns…I think this dough can yield a max of 18 ladylike, kid friendly rolls.  Roll into balls and place in a 1grease pan or glass dish.  Balls should be close to each other but not touching.

Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for another 45mins until fully risen.  Preheat oven to 350F

Remove plastic wrap and bake buns for 30mins (if you made 12 huge rolls) 20mins (for ladylike, kid friendly rolls).

Glaze rolls with sugar (mix 4tbsp sugar to 2tbsp water mix and brush onto rolls)

Let cool and then add icing (I used a tube of icing I had in my refrigerator.)


I could wait….at ate one 10mins after coming out of the oven and it was amazing…will be great with cheese for sure!!!  If you hear me breathing heavily in the video, its because I can never make a video without being interrupted by the LOUD tv that you hear in all of my videos and my family asking questions Ahhhhhh!!!!!

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