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Hot Cross Buns in Less Than an Hour: The Easiest Recipe!

March 27, 2024

For many, the thought of baking hot cross buns from scratch conjures images of a day-long kitchen marathon. The traditional method, steeped in history and nostalgia, while rewarding, often feels out of reach for the everyday baker. But what if I told you that in just 1 hour, you could be pulling a batch of freshly baked, aromatic hot cross buns out of your oven?

Breaking Down the Barrier

Gone are the days of watching dough rise for hours on end. This innovative recipe slashes the prep time without compromising the soft, fluffy texture and the distinct spiced flavor we all crave in a hot cross bun. It’s about making baking accessible, fun, and utterly delicious.

The Magic of Simplicity

With just a handful of ingredients—warm milk, instant yeast, vegetable oil, maple syrup, an egg, flour, spices, and raisins—this recipe comes together in a snap. The traditional cross, a symbol of the season, is piped on top with a simple glaze, marrying the classic with the contemporary.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Variations

Inclusivity is the name of the game, and everyone should be able to enjoy hot cross buns, regardless of dietary restrictions. The beauty of this recipe lies in its adaptability.

  • For the Vegan Baker: Plant-based milk, a trusty flax egg, and a vegan glaze transform this recipe into a vegan delight. These substitutions maintain the integrity of the texture and flavor, ensuring no one misses out on the Easter fun.
  • For the Gluten-Free Baker: A switch to a reputable gluten-free flour blend allows those avoiding gluten to partake in the tradition. The key is to find a blend that closely mimics the properties of wheat flour, ensuring your buns rise to the occasion.

A Time to Create and Share

What sets this recipe apart isn’t just its speed or its flexibility; it’s the invitation to create memories. Baking becomes a shared joy, a moment to slow down and savor—even if it’s just for an hour. These hot cross buns symbolize not just a nod to tradition but a celebration of the here and now, of the simple pleasures that bring us together.

Tips for Perfection

  • The Right Temperature: Ensure your milk is warm—not hot—to activate the yeast without killing it.
  • Soak Your Raisins: This little trick keeps your buns moist and the raisins plump and juicy.
  • Don’t Skip the Glaze: It’s not just for tradition; the glaze adds moisture and a sweet finish that’s irresistible.
  • Skip the piping bag: If you don’t have a piping bag, place your glaze in a plastic bag, push everything to one side and cut the tip off.

Embracing the New Tradition

This 1-hour hot cross bun recipe isn’t just about baking; it’s about revolutionizing how we approach traditional recipes, making them accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to the game, these buns promise to fill your kitchen with spice, your heart with joy, and your Easter with deliciousness.

So, this Easter, let’s embrace this new tradition, one that welcomes everyone to the table with open arms and delicious buns. Who knew that in just 60 minutes, you could not only redefine an Easter classic but also create a moment of togetherness and celebration? Happy baking!

1 Hour Hot Cross Buns Recipe!

Servings 12 Buns
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Warm Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Instant Yeast
  • Cup Vegetable Oil
  • ¼ Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tsp Pumpkin Spice Mix (or cinnamon and nutmeg)
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • ½ Cup Raisins

For the Glaze

  • ½ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 Tsp Milk

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, combine warm milk and instant yeast. Add in vegetable oil, maple syrup and 1 egg. Give that all a good mix.
  • Add in all purpose flour, pumpkin spice (or cinnamon and nutmeg) and salt. Mix that all together till a shaggy dough forms, then transfer to a floured surface.
  • Knead for 5 minutes until a smooth ball forms, if your dough is sticky you may need to add up to 1/4 cup more flour. Once your dough ball is smooth, flatten it out into a rectangle.
  • Add raisins to the entire surface of the dough (soak the raisins in hot water for a few minutes before hand) then fold one side in 1/3 of the way, add more raisins, and fold the other side on top (like a burrito). Roll into a ball then flatten out the bottom to get a smooth round dough ball (watch video).
  • Divide dough into 12 pieces and roll each piece into a round ball. Place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and brush with egg wash. Bake at 400℉ for about 15 minutes (until golden).
  • In the meantime, make the glaze by combining powdered sugar and milk.
  • Remove from the oven, pipe on your glaze in the iconic cross shape (I used a plastic bag as my piping bag) and enjoy!!!

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