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Hot Cross Buns No. 3

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Hot Cross Buns No.  3

Learn how to make easy, quickbread-style Hot Cross Buns that are yeast-free and require no kneading. The warmth of cinnamon and nutmeg paired with candied fruit highlights this biscuit-style hot cross bun.



12 servings


18 min


12 min


30 min
Trans-fat Free

This yeast-free hot cross bun recipe is an excellent choice for those intimidated by yeast-based bread or want a quicker, more convenient option.

Hot Cross Buns No.  3

Here are some virtues of such a recipe:

  1. No yeast, no stress: Yeast can be a tricky ingredient to work with, requiring specific temperatures and time for proofing. A yeast-free recipe eliminates this challenge, making the process more accessible and less stressful for novice bakers.
  2. Quick and easy: Yeast-free hot cross buns can be made in a fraction of the time it takes to prepare traditional buns. With no need for proofing, you can have freshly baked hot cross buns in less than an hour.
  3. Versatile: A biscuit-like hot cross bun recipe is easily customizable. You can experiment with different flavors, such as adding chocolate chips, nuts, or various types of dried fruit, to create a unique and delicious treat.
  4. Perfect texture: Yeast-free hot cross buns have a tender, flaky texture that is similar to a scone or biscuit. This can be a delightful change from the more bread-like texture of traditional hot cross buns.
  5. Great for breakfast or snacks: These yeast-free hot cross buns are perfect for a quick breakfast or an afternoon snack. They can be enjoyed with a spread of butter, jam, or cream cheese or simply on their own.
  6. Ideal for special diets: A yeast-free hot cross bun recipe can be adapted to accommodate various dietary restrictions, such as gluten-free or vegan diets, making them suitable for a wider audience.

Hot Cross Buns No.  3


Amount Measure Ingredient Features
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoon nutmeg
4 teaspoons sugar
½ cup butter
½ cup raisins, seedless
½ cup candied fruit
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1 cup milk


Amount Measure Ingredient Features
473 ml all-purpose flour
2E+1 ml baking powder
2.5 ml salt
2.5 ml cream of tartar
7.5 ml cinnamon
7.5 ml nutmeg
2E+1 ml sugar
118 ml butter
118 ml raisins, seedless
118 ml candied fruit
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237 ml milk


Preheat oven to 425℉ (220℃).

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, tartar cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar in a medium to large mixing bowl.

Cut in the cold butter until the mixture is the size of peas.

Stir in the raisins and candied fruits. Add milk all at once and quickly stir in. Do not overmix.

Turn out onto a generously floured board or countertop. Pat quickly and smoothly to ⅞ inch thickness.

Cut out with a floured 2 1/2 to 3-inch (7 to 9cm) cutter.

Press a cross on top of each bun with the back of the knife.

Mix two teaspoons of sugar and 1½ teaspoon of milk. Brush the top of each bun with the sugar mixture.

Bake on an ungreased baking sheet at 425℉ (220℃) for 12 minutes.

Remove after cooling for 5 minutes to a cooling rack.

If desired, decorate with a frosted cross using Cream Cheese Topping for Hot Cross Buns

Makes 10 to 12 buns.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 60g (2.1 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 21542% from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 16%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Sugars g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A 7% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 8% Iron 8%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

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