These Hot Cross Buns are soft, tender and filled with juicy raisins. The buns are lightly brushed with a sweet syrup and topped with a cream cheese icing. They are perfect for an Easter brunch!
I have a confession to make. There are only three days left of this month...and I never got around to actually making a challenging recipe for my New Year's resolution (remember these macarons or this creme brulee?). Isn't it hard to stick with resolutions sometimes? The struggle is real my friends. So, I may just have to make up for it by sharing TWO challenging recipes in April! We'll see what happens.
Today's recipe for hot cross buns is very fitting for the upcoming Easter weekend. Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday or around Easter time in general.
If you've never had hot cross buns, they are spiced sweet buns made with currants or raisins, and marked with a cross on top. The cross is typically made with a mixture of flour and water that is piped into a cross shape.
But, for my recipe, I decided to change things up a bit by using cream cheese icing instead. Because who doesn't love cream cheese icing? While it's certainly not traditional this way, it sure tastes good!
And the addition of the cream cheese icing makes these buns perfect as a side dish or for dessert or breakfast or really just however you like to eat them.
Since this was my first time trying this recipe, I decided it would be interesting to learn a little bit about their origin. Hot cross buns come from the United Kingdom, and they have some cool symbolism behind them. The cross on the buns represents the crucifixion of Christ, and the spices used in the dough represent the spices used in his embalming. Did you know that?
Some of the folklore behind hot cross buns is so interesting too. It was once believed that if the buns were taken on a sea voyage that they would protect against shipwreck. Also, if the buns are hung in the kitchen they would protect against fires and ensure that any breads baked would turn out perfect. I'm thinking I may need to hang a few in my kitchen!
One of my favorite folklores though is if you share a hot cross bun with a friend, it will guarantee friendship for the upcoming year. So this Easter, be sure to share a hot cross bun with one of your friends!
If you haven't started the tradition of making hot cross buns at Easter time, now is the perfect time. All you'll need are some basic ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
These hot cross buns aren't overly sweet, so you'll be able to have a nice balance with all of that Easter candy you've been enjoying (Cadbury eggs are my weakness)!
Also try my Light and Fluffy Brioche Bread.