Hot-Cross Buns!

Hot-cross buns!

Hot-cross buns!

One a penny, two a penny,

Hot-cross buns!

GreenCircleGrove HotCross Buns

Every year for as long as I can remember, my mother has made hot cross buns during Lent, just before Easter.  Her recipe was clipped from a newspaper long before I was around, and passed to me neatly typed on a recipe card.  I’ve tried making them.  Just look at that recipe card. GreenCircle Grove Hot Cross Buns

It’s splotched and stained from years of trying – my mother’s hot cross buns were tender and light, with bits of dried fruit and a hint of cinnamon spread through.  My clumsy attempts usually led to beige colored lumps that were either hard as a rock or still gooey in the center.

I decided to try again.  One more time.  At 95, my mother doesn’t see too well, so accurate measuring is difficult for her.  It’s my turn to be the hot cross bun maker, I think.

So, today I measured and stirred up this recipe.  I am going to give you the recipe exactly as I have it, and then I’ll tell you how I changed it just a bit:


2 cups milk, scalded  (or 1 cup milk and 1 cup water)

1-cup oleo

1-cup sugar

2 pkg. dry yeast, dissolved in 1/3-cup warm water

1 egg

8 cups flour

½ tsp. salt

2 cups raisins, currants, or 1 cup candied fruit

½ tsp. cinnamon

1. Pour milk over oleo and sugar and stir to dissolve.  Cool to lukewarm.GreenCircleGrove Hot Cross Buns

I used half milk and half water, heated it in the microwave until steaming.  I used 2/3-cup coconut oil and 1/3-cup butter. (No oleo.) I reserved about 2 tsp. of the sugar to dissolve with the yeast in the 1/3-cup warm water.

2. Add dissolved yeast and egg.  Beat well.

3. Add salt and flour gradually, reserving small amount to dust fruit.

4. Add floured fruit and cinnamon to dough.GreenCircleGrove Hot Cross Buns

I mixed the cinnamon right in with the flour I used to coat the fruit.  All I had on hand today were raisins, but my favorite fruit to use is dried currants.

5. Knead well.

6. Place in greased bowl and let rise until double in bulk. (Cover).

Hot Cross Buns GreenCircleGrove

GreenCircleGrove Hot Cross Buns


This took about an hour and a half.

7. Punch down, let rest for a few minutes, shape into buns.  Place on greased cookie sheet; cover and let rise about 30 minutes. GreenCircleGrove HotCross

  1. Bake in a preheated 370° oven for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350° and continue baking 10-15 minutes more.
  2. Cool and frost with the shape of the cross with confectioner sugar frosting.

Makes 30 buns.  Actually, it made 32!

When the buns were still hot, but not yet “crossed”, I delivered the small pan to my mother.  I needed to see if they met her approval.  My dad ate three, and then said, “Well, they seem okay, but I think you need more practice.” And my mother said, “Oh! That’s what you always told me! They’re just perfect! So light and tender, with just a hint of cinnamon!”

Hot Cross Buns Green Circle Grove

Hot-cross buns!

If you have no daughters,

Give them to your sons;

One a penny, two a penny,

Hot-cross buns!

—Mother Goose


This post is shared with Down Home Blog Hope #80,  The HomeAcre Hop #60 , Simple Saturdays Blog Hop, From the Farm Blog Hop,   Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Misadventures Mondays Blog Hop March 23.



  1. your hot cross buns are wonderful! Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥

  2. Hi there! I stopped by from the Simple Saturdays blog hop 🙂 These hot cross buns look so delicious. I’m pinning them to try them out. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Hi Meredith,
    These look so yummy 🙂 My Gram used to make them, but it has been ages since I’ve had any! I’m featuring your post on The HomeAcre Hop this week…hope to see you there!

    • Meredith/GreenCircleGrove says:

      Thank you, Lisa! I’m thinking the snow storm that’s predicted for tomorrow, too, should be just the right day to make another batch of these! Thanks for hostessing and featuring the post!

  4. I love the story behind your hot cross buns. So glad you were able to get it right this time. Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you’ll join us again this Thursday.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

  5. I have never made these…. never had them either. Hmmmm Might have to change that! Thanks you so much for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop. I look forward to seeing what you share this week!

  6. Hello,
    Will you please tell me what your confectionary sugar frosting consists of?
    I have a two different ones that i like to use but I have never made these
    and would like them to be as close as possible to what you have made.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi — I’m so sorry I am just now seeing this post. It’s probably way too late, but for frosting on the hot cross buns, I just mix up a little confectioners’ sugar, milk and a dash of vanilla, and when it’s “spreadable” consistency, but not runny, I make the crosses. I don’t measure, just mix and add until it looks right. 🙂

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