Homemade hot Cross Buns - better than store-bought!

Hot cross buns are a mouth-watering Easter treat that has been enjoyed for centuries.

The combination of sweet raisins, warm spices, and soft, fluffy bread is simply irresistible.

Follow along as we explore the history and making of these delectable buns.

Follow along as we explore the history and making of these delectable buns.

The cross on top of the bun symbolizes the crucifixion of Jesus.

The History of Hot Cross Buns:

and the spices represent the spices used to embalm him.

These delicious buns have been enjoyed all over the world and have become a staple during the Easter season.

Making your own hot cross buns is easier than you might think. In just a few simple steps, you can have warm, freshly baked buns in no time.

Mix yeast with lukewarm water, let sit until dissolved for 5 minutes, then mix for 1 minute.

Combine milk with the butter pieces, sugar, salt, and microwave for about a minute. Stir until everything melts.

Lightly whisk the egg into the butter mixture (if the mix is too hot, let it cool to a warm to prevent eggs from curdling).

Mix by hand at medium-high speed using a dough hook until all the ingredients are combined.

Add flour, spices, and orange zest, and mix dough until it doesn't stick to the sides or bottom of the bowl.

Add the raisins and continue kneading for two more minutes to incorporate them into the dough.

Mix flour, sugar, and water for the cross paste, adding water gradually until it becomes thick.

Pipe crosses onto buns and let rise for 15-20 mins. To make ahead, refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking.