Cherry-Berry Hot Cross Buns

Classic risen sweet rolls take a flavor twist with a cherry-berry addition.

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

Buns

1
package regular active or fast-acting dry yeast
3/4
cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)
2
tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4
teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
2
eggs
4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour or Better for Bread™ flour
1/3
cup dried cranberries
1/3
cup dried blueberries
1/3
cup dried cherries
1
egg
2
tablespoons cold water

Powdered Sugar Icing

1
cup powdered sugar
1
tablespoon milk or water
1/2
teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in granulated sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, 2 eggs and 2 cups of the flour. Beat with spoon until smooth. Stir in cranberries, blueberries, cherries and enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.
  • 2 Place dough on lightly floured surface; gently roll in flour to coat. Knead about 5 minutes or until smooth and springy. Grease large bowl with shortening. Place dough in bowl, turning dough to grease all sides. Cover; let rise in warm place about 1 1/2 hours or until double in size. (Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.)
  • 3 Grease cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray. Gently push fist into dough to deflate. Divide dough in half. Divide each half into 8 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Snip a cross shape in top of each ball with scissors. Cover; let rise in warm place about 40 minutes or until double in size.
  • 4 Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, slightly beat 1 egg and cold water; brush over tops of buns. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 5 Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix all icing ingredients until smooth and spreadable. Remove buns from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool 5 minutes. Frost cross on top of each bun with icing. Serve warm.

Expert Tips

Use 1 cup golden or regular raisins for the dried berries.

Hot cross buns were traditionally served on Good Friday because of the cross on top.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bun
Calories
250
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
55mg
55%;
Sodium
280mg
280%;
Total Carbohydrate
40g
40%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
15g
15%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.