Easy Hot Cross Buns using this easy dough from my Bagel Recipe. No yeast, no boiling, no fancy mixer. Bake them in the oven or in the air-fryer!
Yield: 4 servings
4.5 from 16 votes

Hot Cross Buns

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Easy Hot Cross Buns using this easy dough from my Bagel Recipe. No yeast, no boiling, no fancy mixer. Bake them in the oven or in the air-fryer!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 5 oz unbleached all purpose flour, whole wheat or gluten-free mix*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (make sure it’s not expired or it won’t rise)
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (use less if using table salt)
  • 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt (not regular yogurt, it will be too sticky)
  • 3 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 egg white (beaten (whole egg works fine too))

Icing (only half will get used)*:

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk or water

Instructions

Oven Method:

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Place parchment paper or a silpat on a baking sheet. If using parchment paper, spray with oil to avoid sticking.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt and whisk well.
  • Add the yogurt and raisins, mix with a fork or spatula until well combined, it will look like small crumbles.
  • Lightly dust flour on a work surface and remove dough from the bowl, knead the dough a few times until dough is tacky, but not sticky, about 10 to 15 turns (it should not leave dough on your hand when you pull away).
  • Divide into 8 equal balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Top with egg wash. Bake on the top rack of the oven for 25 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before icing.

For the icing:

  • In a small bowl, whisk the powdered sugar with milk until smooth. Transfer to a small ziplock bag and cut the tip. Ice the tops of the rolls in a cross pattern.

Air Fryer Method:

  • Preheat the air fryer 325F degrees and set for 11 to 12 minutes.
  • Transfer in batches without overcrowding and bake 11 to 12 minutes, or until golden. No need to turn.
  • Let cool at least 30 minutes before icing.

Notes

*Since only half gets used on top, I deducted half of the sugar from the analysis.

Nutrition

Serving: 2buns, Calories: 230kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 10.5g, Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 426mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 16.5g
Freestyle Points: 7
Points +: 5