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Day 189: Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are so good. They're full with cinnamon and raisins. It's delicious!

Happy Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day! Can you believe there's such a thing? I've taken lots of food days and put it on my calendar. The list keeps growing longer and longer :)

You probably know what hot cross buns are, from the famous nursery rhyme. I remembered I first heard it when I learned the recorder.

Hot cross buns are cinnamon raisin buns with a flour paste. These are usually eaten during Easter but can be enjoyed year round!

I use instant yeast to make these buns. Instant yeast requires no proofing with equals no waiting which means faster eating.


|Level: 👩🏽‍🍳|Time: 1 hour|Serves: 6-8|



  • 3/4 cup warm milk

  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 3 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup raisins

Flour Paste:

  1. 1/2 cup flour

  2. 7 tablespoons water


  1. In a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, add in all your "bun" ingredients. Mix until you have a soft dough and cut it into 12 pieces. Put them into a 9x13" casserole pan. They can be a little bit apart because they will rise up in the oven.

  2. Mix together your flour and water in a bowl. Pipe a cross onto each of your buns. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees F.


- The Bored Baker


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