April 1, 2010

Orange Hot Cross Buns

Traditionally, hot cross buns are eaten on Good Friday - the last of an indulgent treat before Lenten fasting. Now, many people serve them as an Easter treat. They're so good, I'm not sure why we don't make them all year long! The cross, whether slashed with a sharp knife into the risen dough before baking, or piped afterwards with a thick powdered sugar glaze, symbolizes the crucifixion of Christ. You'll notice that the glaze on these buns may or may not resemble 'crosses', but they are just the way we like them ;)

This recipe, from Taste of Home, has the delightful hint of orange by using orange juice and orange zest. If you'd like something a little different this year for your Easter treat, give these a try - I think you'll like them! 

Orange Hot Cross Buns
2 packages quick-rise yeast
1-1/4 cups orange juice (110-115 degrees), divided use
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 c sugar
3 eggs
3 tsp grated orange peel
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins
6 cups flour
Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar, 2-3 tsp orange juice

Dissolve yeast in 3/4 cups orange juice. Add butter, sugar, eggs, peel, salt, cinnamon, raisins, rest of orange juice and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface  and knead for 6-8 minutes. Put into a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour. Punch down and divide into 22 pieces. Shape into balls and place 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Let rise for 30 minutes then bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes. When completely cool, pipe a cross over each bun with the glaze.


  1. mmmm....those look great!
    I thought maybe today was the day....?

  2. One of my favorite Easter treats.

  3. Your orange hot cross buns look delicious! A couple of these buns and a good cup of coffee, anytime of year and this would be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hot cross buns have been on my list of things to try for years. Yours look so adorable and perfect for the Easter season.

  5. These are a wonderful Easter treat rich in tradition! Yours look absolutely perfect.

  6. Well seeing as how today is Good Friday. And I am not anywhere near close to making these. I will be making them. Not during Easter. Because they look way too good to wait a whole year for.

  7. What a fabulous idea. This is as much a part of Easter as an egg hunt. It's a lovely recipe. Have a great holiday. Blessings...Mary

  8. Your hot cross buns looks amazingly delicious! Love them but have never tried making them as hubby is not crazy about them and I would have to eat all of them. Happy Easter to you and yours!

  9. I remember my Grandmother serving these. I had no idea that they were a holiday treat... just a fond memory for me... So, I LOVE this post

  10. I completely missed hot cross buns this year and seeing how delicious these look, I'm feeling the deprivation! But, there's no reason why I can't still have them after Easter, right?

  11. What a wonderful recipe!Thank you for sharing.


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