This week was a long and trying one. My little one is sick with a nasty virus. And after trips to the ER and doctor’s office he’s finally getting better. Amidst all the craziness, I realized that when I am stressed, sad, frustrated, anxious… all I want to do is bake! So I made cross buns, a bit early so that you lovely people could get the recipe to try in time for Good Friday. This is a recipe I created last year, when I was pregnant and wanted cross buns. I don’t even think it was Easter. Anyway, I couldn’t stand the smell of currants so I used some fruits I had soaking in good ole Guyanese rum. Don’t worry, the rum cooks off in the baking process so no harm was done to my unborn. I loved the taste of the cross buns with the fruits that this year I nixed the currants again. I made these cross buns on Monday and today they are all gone… and it’s just me and hubby – who’s asking…”you’re making more for Good Friday, right?” Guess I have to.

Hot Cross Buns… There is no audio in this video (as usual).


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The Printable Hot Cross Buns Recipe

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A traditional Easter sweet bun typically enjoyed on Good Friday. Try my updated cross buns recipe!
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Guyanese
Serves: 12
  • 1 Packet Active Dry Yeast (1 tablespoon)
  • ¼ cup & 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ¼ cup mixed fruits or currants or raisins
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ¼ cup shortening or butter
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg white
Simple Syrup
  • ½ cup of water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Place 1 tablespoon of sugar, all of the yeast and the warm water in a small mixing bowl
  2. Mix together well and let stand in a warm place until yeast ferments (about 5 minutes)
  3. Add ¼ cup of brown sugar to the warm milk and mix together until it dissolves
  4. Melt the butter and add to warm milk and sugar mixture
  5. Then whisk in eggs to the melted butter, milk and sugar
  6. Next add the fermented yeast and the milk, butter eggs mixture to a stand mixer
  7. Add mixed fruits and mix together well on low speed
  8. Next Sieve the flour, nutmeg, salt, and cinnamon together in a large mixing bowl
  9. Then increase the mixer speed to medium (number 2 speed) and add flour mixture to the milk and yeast mixture about ½ cup at a time until all the flour is combined to form a soft dough
  10. Remove dough from the mixer and knead, on a floured surface, into a tight ball
  11. Then place the dough ball into a greased bowl and let rise until the dough doubles in size (this should take about 1 hour)
  12. When the dough has doubled in size, punch down, then divide into 13 equal pieces (reserving a piece of dough for the crosses)
  13. Knead each of the 12 pieces into a small ball/bun/roll
  14. Then roll out the reserved dough into thin strips
  15. Use strips to form crosses on top of the buns
  16. Next place rolls in a greased baking pan and proof again for 30 to 45 minutes before baking
  17. Preheat oven to 350°F
  18. When ready to bake brush rolls with egg white and bake at 350°F for 20 to 30 minutes
  19. While the buns are baking make the simple syrup (recipe below)
  20. Once the buns have baked for 20-30 minutes and are golden brown, remove from the oven and brush immediately with the simple syrup
  21. Then let cool for about 10 minutes and serve warm
Simple Syrup:
  1. Simple Syrup:
  2. Combine sugar, water and vanilla extract in a small saucepan on high heat
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves
  4. Boil for 3 to 5 minutes then remove from heat until syrup thickens a little then remove from the heat and set aside
Tips and Ramblings:
1. If you have a better recipe for hot cross buns, please feel free to share.
2. Some people use simple frosting to make the crosses on the buns. This is how my mom made it when I was little.
3. You can increase the cinnamon and nutmeg if you want a more spiced flavor. Some people also add ground ginger or ginger powder
4. There are a few typos in the video (sorry, trying to do this with a sick baby :-()

Hot Cross Buns

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  1. Alana March 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

    My mum’s recipe is similar to yours. However, she adds 1/2 tsp ground clove and a touch of essence to her mixture. She also uses coconut milk instead of regular milk and excludes the eggs.

    1. Javid Samad April 5, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      Sounds richer 🙂

  2. Reanna April 22, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Awesome Recipe. The cross buns came out really well. Thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

  3. Jennifer March 26, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I tried your recipe. I found it was really easy to follow as I’m not a baker 🙂 and your video was helpful as well. My cross buns came out soft (and stayed soft the next day!) and tasted delicious 🙂 I will definitely check out your other recipes. Thank you 🤗

    1. Metemgee March 29, 2016 at 7:07 am

      Thank you for sharing. I still have 2 cross buns sitting on my kitchen counter. Still soft and competing with the banana bread I made last night.

  4. Angelicque Eastman owhoka April 10, 2020 at 11:13 am

    These were delicious. Thank you.

    1. Sisiscarlett April 1, 2021 at 8:26 am

      Just realised I made these last year as well. Delicious. Thank you.

      1. Althea Brown April 15, 2021 at 7:35 am

        Love it!

  5. Amanda April 12, 2020 at 9:51 am

    There is only a tbsp of sugar in the dough?

    1. Althea Brown April 12, 2020 at 1:27 pm

      No there is 1/4 cup of brown sugar plus 1 tablespoon. I just updated the instructions. Good catch. Thank you!


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