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Brioche Hot Cross Buns (VIDEO)

Warm fluffy sweet rolls made with dried cranberries and raisins. Serve these brioche hot cross buns toasted with salted butter for an Easter morning treat!
Course bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Proofing Time 2 hours
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 Buns
Calories 234kcal
Author Dina



  • Add Half a cup of golden raisins and half a cup of dried cranberries into a bowl. Now fill the bowl with boiling water and let the submerged raisins sit for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Now warm 3/4 cup milk to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Then add 1 tbsp sugar and 1 1/2 tsp of dry active yeast.
  • Give it a quick stir and set it aside for about 15 minutes or until it becomes frothy.
  • Meanwhile, add 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour into the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Then add in 1/2 cup of granulated sugar into the bowl. make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture.
  • Lastly, you’ll add in 3 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract and I almost forgot the salt. You’ll need about a pinch of salt.
  • Now using the hook attachment start off by mixing all the ingredients on low speed until the flour begins to incorporate into the wet ingredients. Now pick them Speed up to high and mix until no more patches of flour appear.
  • Now you’ll add 3/4 cup unsalted softened butter to the dough and continue mixing on high speed for about 10 minutes. Depending on the size of your eggs you might need to add another 1/4 cup of flour.
  • The dough may seem too sticky at first but be patient, continue beating and it will begin to take shape.
  • During this process, you may need to scrape down the sides of the beater bowl with a spatula to pull away any butter that may have stuck to the side of the bowl.
  • Now drain the soaked raisins and dried cranberries and add it to the dough. You’ll want to mix these in for about a minute or so pretty much until they’re well incorporated.
  • Now you can remove your dough from the mixer bowl and begin working it into a ball. The Dough should still be sticky but firm enough to work with. That sticky texture is from all the Incorporated butter. Which will soon be fluffy layers of bread.
  • Place the dough into a large greased bowl and cover it for about one hour or until doubled in size.
  • Now shape the dough into a log and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Take each piece of dough and shape it into a ball with your hands.
  • Then place the shaped buns into a deep baking dish coated in non-stick spray. Now cover the buns with a kitchen towel and let them proof for about 1 hour.
  • Once the buns are done rising brush them with egg wash and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile make the icing by combining 1 1/4 cup of powdered sugar with 3-4 tsp of milk. You want the icing to be slightly runny yet thick enough to pipe out and not spread out.
  • Once the buns are baked and cooled, pipe out the icing In a cross pattern over each bun.



  • Submerge the dried fruit in water- To really get the intense flavor and sweetness from the raisins and cranberries, submerge them in boiling hot water for about 15-20 minutes. This will make them plump and juicy again.
  • Be patient as you work in the butter- Your dough may seem very sticky at first, but be patient as it mixes and combines. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl to make sure everything is incorporated.
  • Don't forget the egg wash- The egg wash that is brushed on before baking is what gives these hot cross buns their shiny golden tops that are moist and delicious.
  • Add more milk if your icing is too thick. If your icing seems too thick, add some milk (a little at a time) until it reaches the smooth consistency you want for piping - not thick, but not too runny either. Then pipe it on when the buns are cool.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 101mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.4mg