Homemade hot cross buns are an Easter tradition!

This hot cross bun recipe pairs spiced yeast bread with orange zest, currants, and sweet frosting for a tasty treat.


Active dry yeast Whole milk Granulated sugar All-purpose flour Ground cinnamon Ground allspice Kosher salt Ground nutmeg Large eggs Unsalted butter Currants Orange zest Powdered sugar

Stir together warm milk, sugar, and yeast. Let the mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it’s foamy. 


In a large bowl, whisk together 3 cups of flour with the remaining dry ingredients. 


Add eggs, softened butter, and remaining milk with the dry ingredients. Stir until a wet, sticky dough forms. Fold in the currants and orange zest.


Knead the dough, adding small amounts of flour as needed, until it’s slightly tacky but doesn’t stick to your hands. 


Cover the bowl of dough with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature until it doubles in size.


Cut dough into 16 portions and roll into a ball. Cover the buns with plastic and let rise at room temperature for 30-40 minutes.


Whisk together the milk and egg, then brush this mixture over each bun. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. 


Let buns cool completely. Whisk the milk and powdered sugar, then use a piping bag to pipe a cross of frosting onto each bun.