Grandma Irene’s Hot Cross Buns


3 cups milk – heat, do not boil

4 tbsp melted butter

4 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 cup lukewarm water

1 pkg active dry yeast (or 1 tbsp)

1 tsp sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

6-8 cups all purpose flour

2 cups Nutters regular fruit mix


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Heat but do not boil the 3 cups of milk. Mix in melted butter, 4 tbsp. of sugar and 1 tsp. salt. Let cool to a lukewarm temperature.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix lukewarm water, active dry yeast, remaining 1 tsp. of sugar and cinnamon. Let stand for 15 minutes then add to milk mixture.
  4. Add in all purpose flour and fruit mix. Knead until firm. 
  5. Grease a bowl twice the size of the dough. Grease the top of the bun dough and let rise until double the size.
  6. Form into buns; put a cross on each bun with dough and  brush with egg whites (beat with a fork). Let rise until double in size.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Yields approximately 30 buns. Glaze buns after they are cooled.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Number of Servings: 30 Buns