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Orange Hot Cross Buns

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Orange Hot Cross Buns

Orange Hot Cross Buns
Taste of Home
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For a traditional Easter recipe with a twist, try these sweet yeast buns. Grated orange peel give them a mild citrus spark. You'll end up making them year round.

Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home Baking, All New Edition/Readers Digest, 2011.


  • Dough
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cup warm orange juice (110°-115°), divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 6 to 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons water


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 3/4 cup warm orange juice. Add butter, sugar, eggs, orange peel, salt, cinnamon, raisins, remaining orange juice, and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top, Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 22 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross on the top of each ball. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  • In a very heavy-duty resealable plastic bag, combine glaze ingredients until smooth. Cut a small hole in the corner of bag; pipe a cross on each bun.