Hot Cross Buns
Recipe type: High Altitude Baking
  • Sweet Dough:
  • 2½ cups + 2½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1½ sticks unsalted butter, cut into ½" cubes and room temperature
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla paste (or vanilla extract)
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 egg for egg wash
  • Icing:
  • 2¼ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2½ tablespoons whole milk
  1. For the sweet dough: combine the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, eggs, and milk in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  2. Mix on medium-low for about 5 minutes until the dough has proper gluten development. If you take a small piece of dough and stretch it between your thumbs and forefingers, it will stretch thinly without tearing. If it tears easily, mix another minute or two and check again.
  3. Once proper gluten development is reached, add half of the softened butter cubes to the dough. Mix on medium-low speed until the butter has incorporated into the dough.
  4. Add the remaining butter and mix until the dough is supple and smooth.
  5. Meanwhile, bring 2 cups of water to a boil and pour over the raisins and dried cherries in bowl. Soak for 5 minutes to plump the fruit.
  6. Drain the plumped fruit and blot dry. Stir in the vanilla and orange zest and add the fruit mixture to the finished dough.
  7. Mix on low speed for 1 minute until the fruit has swirled into the dough.
  8. Lightly oil a bowl and place the dough in it, turning over once to coat the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 60-75 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in volume.
  9. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut into 12 equal pieces.
  10. Roll each piece into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet, 2-3" apart.
  11. Beat the egg and brush it gently over each ball of dough.
  12. Cover the buns and let rise for about 40 minutes or until the buns are puffed and larger in size.
  13. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  14. Brush the buns with egg wash one more time.
  15. When the oven is hot, place the buns in and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are a rich golden brown.
  16. Set on a cooling rack and let cool completely.
  17. For the icing: combine the powdered sugar, spices, and milk and beat until smooth.
  18. Transfer the icing to a pastry bag and pipe in a cross over the top of each bun.
Recipe by High Altitude Bakes at