Hot Cross Buns With California Raisins

Recipe courtesy of  California Raisins.

Hot Cross Buns With California Raisins: Weekend Blog hop.

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This week I have a guest post to share with you. An Easter classic too, Hot Cross Buns With California Raisins.

Makes 18 buns.

Hot Cross Buns With California Raisins

How To Make Hot Cross Buns With California Raisins:


  • 237ml milk
  • 30g butter or margarine
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 59ml warm water (45°C/110°F)
  • 600g flour
  • 75g sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 200g California Raisins
  • 100g mixed candied fruit
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 egg yolk, diluted with 1 tsp water

Lemon Topping:

  • 150g powdered sugar
  • 2tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp water
Hot Cross Buns With California Raisins
Hot Cross Buns With California Raisins
Hot Cross Buns With California Raisins

Hot Cross Buns With California Raisins Method:

1. Boil milk; stir in butter and cool to lukewarm.

2. Dissolve yeast in warm water.

3. Sift flour with sugar, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in raisins and candied fruit until well coated.

4. Stir in eggs, cool milk, add yeast; blend well.

5. Turn dough out onto lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes.

6. Place in greased bowl, turning onto grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.

7. Knock back dough, pinch off pieces, and form smooth, rounded balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place balls of dough on greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

8. Brush each bun with diluted egg yolk.

9. Snip 1/2 inch deep cross in the centre of each bun with greased scissors.

10. Let buns rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes.

11. Bake at 400°F/200°C for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks for about 5 minutes.

Hot Cross Buns With California Raisins

Hot Cross Buns With California Raisins. Recipe courtesy of  California Raisins.

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Recipe courtesy of  California Raisins.


  1. Mother of 3
    16 April 2017 / 23:08

    My mom used to buy those every Easter!

  2. Bev Carter
    15 April 2017 / 19:27

    I love hot cross buns. Yummy! Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a great Easter weekend.Hugs,Bev

  3. April J Harris
    15 April 2017 / 09:14

    Your Hot Cross Buns look amazing, Claire! I adore California raisins and use them in baking all the time. They are so plump and juicy! Pinning. I'd love for you to share this recipe with the Hearth and Soul Link Party, live on my blog now, if you have time. I've shared a last minute Easter bread today. Thank you for hosting. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  4. harmskills
    15 April 2017 / 00:21

    Those buns look so good too bad I can't bake!

  5. Paula Rockwell
    14 April 2017 / 19:34

    How wonderful that you made these from scratch! I've only had them from the store.Thanks for hosting and Happy Easter 🙂

  6. csuhpat1
    14 April 2017 / 15:06

    Those buns look so yummy. Thanks for hosting and have a super Easter.

  7. Impulsive Artistry - Artist Charles Wolf
    14 April 2017 / 13:22

    Have a great weekend – those buns look great! : ) Yummy!

  8. Tamar SB
    14 April 2017 / 12:08

    Have a lovely Easter weekend!

  9. vanity andme
    14 April 2017 / 06:30

    Have a great weekend Claire. xx

    • Clairejustine oxox
      14 April 2017 / 07:42

      Thanks Laurie, you too lovely xx