Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns is the perfect recipe for Easter.  The flavor of this yummy sweet Celtic bread, reminds me so much of El Pan Dulce Boliviano!

Easter is definitely a great opportunity to satisfy mis antojos, bake with my kids and why not play a la tiendita with my little ones.


  • 1 cup of milk, scalded.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1 Pkg dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 3 cups of flower
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp grated orange peel
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp milk


  1. Mix together milk, sugar, butter and salt.  Let cool.  Dissolve yeast in warm water.  Add dissolved yeast and egg and mix well.  Let yeast mix stand until bubbling.
  2. Stir flour and cinnamon into mixture then add raisins and orange peel and mix well.
  3. Cover bowl with a cloth and place in a warm spot until dough is double. (about one hour)
  4. Shape dough into round buns and place all,except one, on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Cover buns on a sheet and let rise for one hour.
  5. While buns are rising, use a rolling pin to roll the extra bun 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface.  Cut into strips 1/4 inch wide, and set aside.
  6. Make a Cross on each bun with a sharp knife.  Gently press a strip into each cut and pinch off the ends at the base of buns.
  7. Bake in the oven at 400 F for 20 Minutes.
  8. While buns are baking,mix powdered sugar and milk together.  When buns are baked, remove from oven and let cool slightly, then drizzle icing across the top of each bun.
  9. Enjoy them!


Even though my buns did not come out pretty, because I use freshly milled whole flour, the flavor was delicious!

We ate them while repeating this nursery rhyme, and I traded some of them for pennies.

Hot cross buns,
One a penny,
Two a penny,
Hot cross buns.

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