How To Make Hot Cross Buns — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Flatten the balls with lightly floured fingers so that they are about 2 inches in diameter. Spray 2 large sheets of plastic wrap with nonstick vegetable oil spray and place them side by side over the buns, sprayed side down. Allow to the buns to rest and rise, 40 minutes to 1 hour. They will rise and spread enough that they are just barely touching (and then they will spread some more during baking).\r\n”,”image”:{“id”:”4c377157ee3cb8147df1b05b5869b6adb844d247″,”width”:1333,”height”:2000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:504,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2016-03-23T22:13:08.464-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-08-17T17:06:45.137-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:735,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”Kitchn_S5 Hot Cross Buns_0177.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:”56f34d1fdbfa3f512500687a”,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”8963e918881e2210f690bfce00787065bdb0f81e”,”caption”:”While the dough is rising, combine the flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl and mix to combine. Add the egg and milk and mix to combine until the paste is smooth and thick. 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Repeat with the other rows.”,”image”:{“id”:”bf485745720b23e18dcc6f17af3e1db212fd4acd”,”width”:1333,”height”:2000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:504,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2016-03-23T22:13:08.461-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-08-17T17:06:45.137-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:735,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”Kitchn_S5 Hot Cross Buns_0186.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:”56f34d20dbfa3f5aec000318″,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”267105dfaf85da0291a41a9629f7635faa5649b6″,”caption”:”Then, turn the pan 90° and, again holding the ruler over one of the rows as a guide, slash the center of each bun, making a line that is perpendicular to the the first slash. Repeat with the remaining rows so that each bun has a cross from end to end.”,”image”:{“id”:”267105dfaf85da0291a41a9629f7635faa5649b6″,”width”:1333,”height”:2000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:504,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2016-03-23T22:13:08.483-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-08-17T17:06:45.137-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:735,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”Kitchn_S5 Hot Cross Buns_0213.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:”56f34d20dbfa3f22c6003fe5″,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”beee5c16535157524aa8b1746f5e42203e8b2ef7″,”caption”:”Squeeze a line of the crossing mixture into the slashes on each bun, following the grooves from bun to bun and edge to edge and filling them all, so that the top of each bun has a filled cross.”,”image”:{“id”:”beee5c16535157524aa8b1746f5e42203e8b2ef7″,”width”:1333,”height”:2000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:504,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2016-03-23T22:13:08.485-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-08-17T17:06:45.137-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:735,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”Kitchn_S5 Hot Cross Buns_0278.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:”56f34d23dbfa3f5b4d0002e8″,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”01f8f8230cd966de3b089b471dbb2b731c56bea8″,”caption”:”In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water for the egg wash. Using a pastry brush, gently but thoroughly coat the buns with the egg wash. “,”image”:{“id”:”01f8f8230cd966de3b089b471dbb2b731c56bea8″,”width”:1333,”height”:2000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:504,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2016-03-23T22:13:08.492-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-08-17T17:06:45.137-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:735,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”Kitchn_S5 Hot Cross Buns_0297.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:”56f34d23dbfa3f23780017ef”,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”71ca847c7d0d11c854981f744a6950adb37dfa34″,”caption”:”Place the buns, still on their baking sheet, on the center rack of the oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the buns have become a deep golden brown in color. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of one of the buns should read between 195°F to 200°F. 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Set aside.”,”image”:{“id”:”de534373259bf8635bd67b5cfc239a071d7ea00c”,”width”:1333,”height”:2000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:504,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2016-03-23T22:13:08.526-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-08-17T17:06:45.137-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:735,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”Kitchn_S5 Hot Cross Buns_0347.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:”56f34d23dbfa3f65bd0001d8″,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”6f5b4cab9fce96334d73664b690b853a64aa4ced”,”caption”:”Remove the buns from the oven and immediately glaze them; use a clean pastry brush to coat them well with the glaze.”,”image”:{“id”:”6f5b4cab9fce96334d73664b690b853a64aa4ced”,”width”:1333,”height”:2000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:504,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2016-03-23T22:13:08.552-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-08-17T17:06:45.137-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:735,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”Kitchn_S5 Hot Cross Buns_0379.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:”56f34d25dbfa3f6051007b2c”,”focus_z”:null}},{“image_id”:”806e2830fe512f302dd7ca136b6571f7855c78bd”,”caption”:”Let the buns sit in the pan to cool completely before serving, about 11/2 hours. “,”image”:{“id”:”806e2830fe512f302dd7ca136b6571f7855c78bd”,”width”:1333,”height”:2000,”format”:”JPEG”,”created_by_id”:504,”updated_by_id”:null,”created_at”:”2016-03-23T22:13:08.586-04:00″,”updated_at”:”2016-08-17T17:06:45.137-04:00″,”credit_style”:”author”,”credit_author_id”:735,”credit_name”:””,”credit_url”:””,”credit_email”:””,”credit_custom”:””,”credit_license”:””,”credit_linked_post_id”:null,”focus_x”:null,”focus_y”:null,”filename”:”Kitchn_S5 Hot Cross Buns_0415.jpg”,”alt_text”:null,”exclude_from_color_search”:false,”crop”:null,”ancestor”:”56f34d27dbfa3f13f4007b05″,”focus_z”:null}}]};

Hot cross buns are lightly sweetened, mildly spiced rolls with a distinct image of a cross that runs across the top. They are specifically associated with Good Friday, and have been for almost a millennium. Over time, hot cross buns in the U.S. became extremely sweet, and today are often criss-crossed with a sugary icing, but that isn’t the recipe of yore. The original crossing mixture was more of a paste. Classic hot cross buns hold genuine symbolic value that can stand deliciously and proudly alongside any holiday baked treat.

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