Thursday, 28 March 2013

Hot Cross Buns!

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha' penny, two ha' penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha' penny,
Two ha' penny,
Hot Cross Buns!
Or in our home: Hot Cross Buns-RUN to the kitchen!!!!! : ) 

Every Good Friday after mass in the afternoon, we return home and devour hot cross buns. All day long we wait for this moment. Our mom ices them and tells us: "Remember the sweetness of the cross." 

Apparently hot cross buns have been made and eaten on Good Friday for centuries. Elizabeth 1 of England issued a decree that Hot Cross Buns can only be made and eaten on: Christmas, burials and Good Friday. 

We love hot cross buns, and are giving this recipe early, so you too can share in the sweetness of Good Friday. 

 Hot Cross Buns
(adapted from Canada's Best Bread Machine Recipes) 

Preheat oven to 400'


1 cup of Soya Milk
1 egg
11/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup of coconut oil or butter or vegan margarine
4 cups of Spelt Flour
1tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg(we ground our own)
11/4 tsp bread machine yeast
3/4 cup maple syrup sweetened cranberries or raisons

1 Egg White
1 tbsp of water

Measure all ingredients and place in order in bread machine pan. Select dough cycle and add cranberries at "add ingredients" signal.

Remove dough on a floured surface and knead for a minute or two cover with a large bowl  and let dough rest for 15 minutes.

Divide dough into 12 portions  and roll into balls. Place on a prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly. Cover and let rise for 30 to 45 minutes in a warm area.

Prepare Glaze. Take a knife and cut about 1/4 deep into buns, making a cross. Brush with egg glaze and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. 

You can always make a glaze, we like this one that we also use for our cinnamon rolls: Lazy Glaze                                                                                       


  1. Thank you! We made these long ago, but not for ages. Time to try again!

    Thinking of Easter, the Eastern Church, and Madonna House....I love this:

    This is such an amazing, moving testament to faith, truth, and the resilience of man.

    The Ukraine, Soviet Union, 1930

    "Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, editor of Izvestiya, once journeyed to Kiev to conduct a re-education assembly. His task was to address thousands of people with local influence about atheism. For a solid hour he thundered against Christianity with reason and ridicule. At last he finished and looked out over the audience.

    “Are there any questions?” Bukharin demanded.

    A solitary man arose and asked for permission to speak. He mounted the platform and stepped right next to the communist. The audience was breathlessly silent as the man surveyed them first to the right, then to the left. At last he shouted the ancient Orthodox Christian greeting: “Christ is risen!”.

    The Ukrainian assembly rose as one person and the response broke like a wave over Bukharin: “He is risen indeed!” "

    Chrystos voskres! Voistynu voskres!‏

    1. I love this! Thank you so much for sharing : ) What a great moment. I am going to pass this one along ; )
      Happy Easter to you and your lovely family! xoxoxoxox

  2. I am going to try an "eggless" version of these for my egg-allergic little man. I am pretty excited!

    1. Let us know how they work! They are one of our family's faves!