Hot Cross Buns/Eggless Hot Cross Buns

Made these hot cross buns for Maundy Thursday that's today . Hot Cross Buns  are basically sweet spiced buns with raisins and currants and marked with a cross on top. Traditionally eaten in the rest of the world  on Good Friday .But here in India , especially in Mumbai we have it today .
 Maundy /Holy Thursday a day of the Eucharist when Our Lord Jesus had last supper with his 12 apostles .Since we do not eat egg or meat till Easter I made these eggless hot cross buns .They were soft and delish I just tasted one after it was baked  the rest we will share and have today after Mass.So I thought of sharing it with you all before I go to Church.

2 cups Flour
1/4 cup milk
1  tbsp butter
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp clove powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
2 tbsp caster sugar
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup currants

For the cross
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp water

  • In a sauce pan add milk and butter and place over low heat till the butter is melted and the milk is slightly warm,keep it aside.
  • Sift flour and salt and keep aside.
  • Mix 1/2 tsp sugar and yeast in lukewarm water and let it froth.
  • Mix the yeast mixture to the sifted flour and knead till you have a rough dough.
  • Now add spice powders and  milk to this and knead till you get smooth soft dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a cling foil and allow it to rise.
  • It may take an hour or two.
  • Once the dough has doubled transfer the dough on your working table and dust some flour.
  • Knock out the air by punching the dough with your fist.
  • Sprinkle the raisins and currants and knead well for 4-5 min t.
  • Divide the dough into equal balls ans place it on a lined baking tray .
  • Cover with a damp towel and let it proof for 30 -45 min or until double in size.
  • Meanwhile make a past of flour and water and fill this in a piping /ziplock bag
  • Make cross over each bun using this paste.
  • Preheat the oven for 10 min at 190 degree Celsius.
  • Bake these buns for 18-20 min or till golden brown
  • Transfer to wire rack and allow it to cool completely.

If you want to apply glaze ,make glaze by placing water and sugar in a sauce pan and stir till sugar dissolves.
Bring it to boil  for 3-4 min and brush this glaze on the buns while they are still warm.
Serve these warm or at room temperature.
I have made a icing glaze since i found the cross too pale.I just mixed 1 tbsp milk to 1 cup of icing sugar and filled it in piping bag and piped cross on the buns while they were still warm.

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  1. o my Goodness gloria.. you are the real queen of baking :) these hot cross buns are looking just awesome ... just perfect :)

    1. hahaha thanks Monu dear but I still got to learn lot to get that Title....

  2. Absolutely stunning buns dear !

  3. lovely hot cross buns. I remember going for Mass when I was in school.We use to enjoy going to the little church in Mt.Abu.

  4. Loveable. Like that its eggless too.

  5. Great hot cross buns.... baked to perfection...... Plz pass me some.... :)

  6. they looks so adorably yummy :)

  7. Yummy! They look just great :)

  8. Lovely hot cross buns.. these look really good..

  9. Hot cross buns look amazing...u have made them so well

  10. Lovely buns. They look perfect and delicious. Yummy :)

  11. super cute buns,perfect dear..Belated Easter wishes too :)

  12. These cross buns looks so perfect and mouthwatering......goes perfect with tea as well... Happy easter.....