Rob Brodman
YieldsMakes 1 dozen
A quick shortcut makes Hot Cross Buns an Easter tradition well worth reviving.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Thaw frozen bread dough following package directions. Place in a large bowl, cover, and let stand until pliable and no longer cold, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Step 2
2

In a small bowl, soak raisins in brandy for 30 to 40 minutes. Add raisin mixture and nutmeg to dough. In bowl or on a board, knead raisins into dough. With floured hands, divide dough into 12 equal pieces; shape into round rolls. Place about 2 inches apart on a buttered baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 20 minutes. In a bowl, beat egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush buns with egg mixture (discard remainder). Bake rolls in a 350º oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let stand 10 minutes.

Step 3
3

In a bowl, mix powdered sugar and milk. With a spoon, drizzle icing over buns in the shape of a large X.

Ingredients

 1 loaf frozen bread dough (1 lb.)
 1/2 cup golden raisins
 2 tablespoons brandy
 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
 1 large egg
 3/4 cup powdered sugar
 1 tablespoon milk

Directions

Step 1
1

Thaw frozen bread dough following package directions. Place in a large bowl, cover, and let stand until pliable and no longer cold, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Step 2
2

In a small bowl, soak raisins in brandy for 30 to 40 minutes. Add raisin mixture and nutmeg to dough. In bowl or on a board, knead raisins into dough. With floured hands, divide dough into 12 equal pieces; shape into round rolls. Place about 2 inches apart on a buttered baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 20 minutes. In a bowl, beat egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush buns with egg mixture (discard remainder). Bake rolls in a 350º oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let stand 10 minutes.

Step 3
3

In a bowl, mix powdered sugar and milk. With a spoon, drizzle icing over buns in the shape of a large X.

Hot Cross Buns