Raisin and Apricot Hot Cross Buns

  • Preparation 30 MIN
    Cooking 25 MIN
    Raising 2 H
  • Makes 12
Studded with tender morsels of apricots and raisins and lightly sweetened with cinnamon, these buns (especially when fresh from the oven) will become a family staple, cross our hearts.






  1. Butter a 13 x 9-inch (33 x 23 cm) rectangular baking pan and line it with a sheet of parchment paper, letting it hang over all sides. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the milk and eggs. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer using the dough hook, combine the flour, sugar, yeast, salt and cinnamon. Add the milk mixture and knead vigorously until the dough starts to form. Gradually add the butter and knead for about 5 minutes. Place on a lightly floured work surface. Add the raisins and apricots. Knead for 1 minute.
  4. Divide the dough into 12 pieces. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough into balls with the palm of your hand. Place the dough into the prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes at room temperature or until the buns have doubled in volume and stick together.
  5. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  6. Brush the buns with a small amount of water (see note). Bake for about 25 minutes or until the buns are golden brown. Let cool for 15 minutes.


  1. In a bowl, combine the icing sugar and milk.
  2. Spoon the glaze into a pastry bag fitted with a small plain round tip and pipe a cross over each bun. Serve with butter.


Brushing the buns with water yields a smooth crust that will keep its shape during baking.

Healthy Pick

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Nutrition Facts

For 1 bun

Content % Daily Value
Calories 455  
Total Fat 19 g  
Saturated Fat 11 g  
Sodium (salt) 235 mg  
Carbohydrates 64 g  
Fibre 3 g  
Protein 8 g