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When I was a kid, there were certain traditions that my family followed every year for Easter. We would get up early on Easter morning and be greeted with a basket full of all the 'hot' Easter candy of the year. We put on our new Easter clothes with pretty white shoes and headed off to church to learn the real reason that Easter was a special day. Then, we headed home to my all time favorite Easter tradition: Hot Cross Buns! My mom used to buy good old Entenmann's hot cross buns every single year and it was the only time of year that you COULD find these delicious treats!
Hot cross buns are spiced, sweet buns made with currants, raisins or bits of candied fruit and marked with a cross on the top. They are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. In my house they were eaten on Easter morning and then you didn't see another hot cross bun for an entire year. I decided to try out this recipe for hot cross buns so that I could make them whenever I wanted and not be denied this sweet little roll for 11 months out of the year!
I made the dough for these hot cross buns in my KitchenAid mixer. I highly recommend one if you are planning on doing any serious amount of baking and bread making. The dough for these hot cross buns took literally 10 minutes to make. You will have several hours worth of rising time but there is very little to actually DO to make them. If you prefer to not put the icing cross on top, you can score the dough balls deeply before baking and a cross pattern will still be evident without the extra sweetness. Personally, I licked that icing cross off the top of my hot cross bun first thing, before I even started eating it! This recipe will make 16 hot cross buns and you can freeze them if you want to make them up ahead of time. Just don't ice them until right before serving!
Easy Hot Cross Buns
What sort of Easter traditions does your family have?
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.