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Hot cross buns may be popular around Easter but this delectable treat can be enjoyed throughout the year whenever you feel like indulging in a fragrant sweet treat.
These delectable buns studded with raisins weren't always available year round. In fact, the Smithsonian magazine reports that back in 1592 Queen Elizabeth I "decreed that hot cross buns could no longer be sold on any day except for Good Friday, Christmas or for burials." This is a testament to how special these pastries were considered.
How To Make Hot Cross Buns: Recipes and Tips
So how do you make this legendary treat at home? It all begins with soaking dried fruit in juice or water until they plump up before blending with a rich egg-based dough that yields soft, melt-in-your-mouth buns laced with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
The trademark cross may be added before or after baking and may be prepared with a simple paste of flour and water or a decadent icing made with powdered sugar.
Below we share our favorite recipes for hot cross buns which showcase different methods of preparation and flavors. Take a look and select your favorite!
Traditional Hot Cross Buns
Follow this easy recipe to make tender hot cross buns that are delightful served with butter and accompanied by tea or coffee.
Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
British chef Jamie Oliver adds a twist to hot cross buns by making a dough with chocolate. Simply divine!
Orange-scented Hot Cross Buns
Our final hot cross buns recipe features raisins and cranberries soaked in fresh orange juice for the ultimate buns rich in citrusy flavor.
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