Hot Cross Buns Recipe - Easter

hot cross buns

Lots going on this week, we are packing for NYC. We are flying tonight and will be spending Easter week-end in New York. I always like to plan for trips. This time my son Maxime and I met up with his friend Dylan, who is becoming an expert for this exciting city. He gave us some great advice, suggested Broadway plays, restaurants, shopping. We are leaving with an extended list of things to see and do. He even sent us an itinerary by districts. Cannot thank him enough. We share a passion, Dylan also blogs. I am a follower of his blog, his tag line is 'arts & science, literally' and he's really bringing the coolest new findings in neuroscience with art and contemporary european and american pop music". While I am blogging I often listen to new music that I am discovering through his blog. It would be nice if you could take the time to visit Dylan's blog: inD-K.

Now we'll talk Hot Cross Buns. I have never tasted or baked a Hot Cross Buns. Couple weeks ago I was invited by Val at More than Burnt Toast to Invite a Blogger to your Table. The concept is to invite another blogger to share a recipe with you. This is a great opportunity to challenge yourself in the kitchen and create new friendships.

Val challenged me to bake Hot Cross Buns. In Canada we see them in stores around Easter and served them on Good Friday. After researching recipes I found one from Canadian Living. These turned out as anticipated, a soft spicy yeast roll. Really good the next day toasted with jam. Next time I will make a cream cheese frosting for the topping.


1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1 tbsp active dry yeast
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves
3/4 cup milk, warmed
1/4 cup melted butter
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup dried currants
1/4 cup chopped candied peel, mixes
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup icing sugar
2 tsp water

Here's a link to the full recipe for Hot Cross Buns.


  1. Lovely Hot Cross buns! A delicious speciality.



  2. I am so glad you enjoyed the hot cross buns Helene. They are a British tradition around here. I am also happy that you have invited another blogger to share a recipe with you for Invite a Blogger to Your Table. It is such fun!! Also ENJOY NY and have a fantastic weekend!!!!!!!

  3. Have a ball..I went with my daughters about 5 yrs ago and loved it..A highlight was meeting mario batali on the street and he being such a gentleman:)

    The buns are perfect..Great job..!

  4. I've sang the song "hot cross buns" but never had even seen them until your picture. Have fun in NYC

  5. J'aime beaucoup cette sorte de brioches qui fait plus santé:)

  6. Nice work on the hot cross buns. I did the same this week. Hope you enjoy your visit to NYC - It's a lovely time of year to be visiting.

  7. Such beautiful buns! I may be making these on Saturday. :)

  8. I've always been intrigued by these, they remind me of little pains au lait. Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend.

  9. I know you will enjoy your holiday in New York. It really is a wonderful city. I love your Hot Cross Buns and the photos you've taken of them. They really look delicious. I hope you have a great day and enjoy the Easter holiday. Blessings...Mary

  10. I would love to have those fresh with some jam and then a hot cup of tea !! mmm perfect :)

  11. Both you and Val did such a great job of the hot cross buns. They've always been one of my favourites. I liked on F/B - happy to have found you there

  12. Now I'm wishing I would have made hot cross buns this year. Yours looks great! Have fun in New York.

  13. sometimes i think i'm a fan of easter simply because of hot cross buns... :)

  14. oooh...that looks delish! Have a fantastic time in NY!

  15. I know I'm a little late here, but I hope you had a great time in New York and had a Happy Easter. I love the idea of Invite a Blogger, but honestly, I'll probably forget and not get around to it. I'll try though.

  16. Hope you had a great time in NY. I luv visiting that city. So lively and a world of its own.

    These Hot Cross buns you've baked up turned out deliciously beautiful! =)

  17. What a lovely idea for a blog event. These buns look like something awesome to bring to anyone's table. Due to the influence of the British Good Friday Hot Cross Buns are a tradition here in the Caribbean as well.

  18. I have never made hot cross buns. every year I think of making them and then never do. Split and spread with jam is delicious!

  19. Helene! Absolutely gorgeous! Did you use real icing for your cross? I love Val's invite a blogger to your table initiative. I wrote about my mom's hot crossed buns and recorded her mother's recipe for my gals. So important to do that - so glad I am finally back to the land of the blogging!
    I have neglected reading your posts. I have truly missed you and your writing and inspiration. The Eat Alberta Conference was last Saturday, and I am just returning to some frame of normalcy - but, with the next one to plan, I fear it won't be long... but I have learned to do MUCH less next time!


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