These hot cross buns are incredibly soft and fluffy, airy, and filled with juicy plump raisins with a beautiful aroma of spices. You will prepare the dough in a large bowl, adding flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon powder and all ground spices. Also, add in instant yeast and the zest of an orange. They whisk everything together so all ingredients are well distributed in the flour, then set aside. For the wet ingredients, add warm milk into a bowl; the milk should not be hot or cold; it should just be slightly warm.

Add in one egg whisk them together, and then add vanilla extract and soft unsalted butter It is very easy to blend, you can also use melted butter. Start adding the dry ingredients to top the wet ingredients in batches, and slowly bring everything together with a spatula or wooden spoon. Once the dough comes together, transfer it to a floured surface and knead it; if you use a stand mixer, the dough will be ready in about 5 minutes into the mixer.

For the hand kneading, stretch the dough with the heel of your palm and repeat the process until the dough comes together perfectly. The dough should be soft and elastic, taking around 10 to 12 minutes. Lightly oil a clean bowl and place the dough inside it. Let it be warm for around 2 hours or until it doubles in size. Meanwhile, soak the raisins in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes then drain and pat dry them, they will be soft and floppy.

Once the dough has risen well, transfer it to a lightly floured strafe and incorporate the juicy raisins by placing them on the dough, then coat them as if you are kneading the dough again. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and each should be about 62 grams, to shape the dough, tuck in the edges of the dough towards the center and roll each piece of dough into a ball then place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet or a non-stick baking tray.

Cover the dough with plastic film and let it proof for 45 minutes or until it doubles in size. Meanwhile, prepare the paste for making the cross-on buns. In a bowl, add flour and water, mix them together until the consistency is not too runny, then transfer it to a piping bag.

After your buns have risen, pipe the cross on them and bake in a 375-degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes. Then, reduce the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for another 12 to 15 minutes. Once out of the oven, brush the top with sugar syrup or light apricot jam.


  • All-purpose flour:325 g (2 and 1/2 cup)
  • Whole milk:150 ml (1/2 cup +2 tbsp)
  • Granulated sugar:50g or 1/4 cup
  • Instant yeast: 2 tsp
  • Cinnamon Powder:1/2 tsp
  • Ground All spices:1/2 tsp
  • Salt:3/4 tsp
  • Egg:1
  • Unsalted butter:42.5 g or 3 tbsp
  • Raisins: 3/4 cup or 125 g
  • Vanilla extract:1 tsp
  • Zest of half of an orange.

For the cross;

  • Flour:1/2 cup
  • Water:1/2 cup -2 tbsp

For Glaze;

  • Two tablespoons of apricot jam
  • One tablespoon of warm water


  1. Into a bowl, add all the dry ingredients: flour, salt, yeast, spice powder, and sugar. Whisk them together so that everything is evenly distributed in the flour.
  2. Add the milk, egg, and softened unsalted butter to another bowl, then combine the wet and dry ingredients using the rear of a wooden spoon.
  3. Transfer the dough onto a clean work surface and knead the dough until we get a smooth dough. If you are using a stand mixer, it will be much easier to knead the dough. Use the dough hook attachment, start kneading at a low speed, and then increase the speed.
  4. Let the dough sit and rise. In about 1 hour, the dough will get doubled in size. This rising time may vary according to the warmth of the place where the bowl is placed. Degas the dough and then add the raisins, currants, or any other dried fruits into the dough.
  5. Mix them together to distribute the dry fruits evenly, then divide the dough into 12 equal pieces.
  6. Let the rolls sit and proof for 45-60 minutes or until they get doubled in size.
  7. Meanwhile, mix flour and water until a wet paste forms. Transfer the runny mixture to a piping bag with a small round tip or a small zip-top plastic bag with a corner snipped off.
  8. Pipe straight lines vertically and horizontally across the risen buns to create crosses. Bake the buns in the preheated oven at 375 F for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350 F and continue baking for the next 12-15 minutes.
  9. Remove the rolls from the oven and brush the tops with light apricot jam or sugar syrup.