Homemade Hot Cross Buns + Two Giveaways! #GayLeaFoods

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The Easter Bunny is coming this weekend and we’ll be waking up to these Homemade Hot Cross Buns, with Gay Lea butter of course, for breakfast.  Most of my family are not fans of the dried fruit peel that’s normally in Hot Cross Buns so the good thing about making them yourself is that you can add whatever you like!

Homemade Hot Cross Buns | A Sweet Baker

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with raisins all my life.  I like them in trail mix, cinnamon-raisin toast and muffins.  I don’t like them in chocolate (that’s the worst) or butter tarts.  So when asked if I like raisins, I always have to answer yes and no.

What I do like for sure, though, is toasting my Homemade Hot Cross Buns in the toaster and smothering it in Gay Lea Spreadable Butter.  It’s fresh, tasty butter that you can take right out of the fridge and spread it on whatever you like.  No more taking the butter out ahead of time to come to room temperature and no more ripping your toast apart to get some on your bread.  How good is that?

Homemade Hot Cross Buns | A Sweet Baker

For these Homemade Hot Cross Buns the only fruit I added to the dough was raisins and cherries.  I knew all of my kids would love the cherries but my one son, who doesn’t like raisins, will just have to pick them out.  I can’t please everyone!

Not only does Gay Lea make this incredible spreadable butter in regular and light but you can also get it with Cinnamon & Brown Sugar.  I think I might have to try some of that on my Homemade Hot Cross Buns.  Oh, that would be so good!

Homemade Hot Cross Buns | A Sweet Baker

Homemade Hot Cross Buns

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 12 buns

Delicious Homemade Hot Cross Buns, slathered in Gay Lea Spreadable Butter, is the perfect breakfast to wake up to on Easter morning.


    For the Dough:
  • 2 cups 2% milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. dry instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped red glace cherries
  • For the Hot Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • For the Icing:
  • Wilton's White Icing


In a stand mixer, add the milk, sugar, yeast, lemon zest and vanilla. Stir gently and let sit for 5 minutes.
Attach your dough hook and add the flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisins and cherries. Turn on your mixer and blend until dough is elastic and comes together. Dough will be sticky on the sides and the bottom of the bowl.
Oil a large bowl and place the dough inside. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and place in a warm, draft-free place (I turned my oven on for a few minutes beforehand, turned it off and placed the bowl in the oven) for 1 1/2 hours.
Grease a 9X13 glass baking dish and set aside.
Remove dough from bowl and divide into 12 equal balls and place into prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let them rise again for 45 minutes.
Bake for 40 minutes or until buns are golden brown. While buns are baking, prepare the Hot Sauce.
In a small glass dish, add the sugar, lemon juice and water. Microwave until sugar dissolves and mixture is hot.
Remove buns from oven and, using a wooden skewer, poke holes all over buns and brush the Hot Sauce over all of the buns until you've used all of the Hot Sauce.
Let buns cool completely on a wire rack.
Pipe white icing on before serving.


These Homemade Hot Cross Buns are best the day they are baked or they can be frozen for later enjoyment.

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Recipe adapted from here.

Now onto the giveaways!

The FIRST giveaway is for a Waring Pro Double Belgian Waffle Maker valued at $190.  Only one winner will be chosen across all blogs that are participating.  You can enter across multiple blogs.  Good Luck!

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The SECOND giveaway is for a One Year Supply of Gay Lea Butter, with one winner chosen from my blog and the other winners chosen from the other 14 participating blogs.  You can enter across multiple blogs that are participating but you can only win once. Good Luck!

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“Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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  1. I love using spreadable butter but I can’t say I have any unique recipes. I love the sounds of this hot cross bun recipe and it is going directly onto our menu plan!

  2. Favorite way to spend Easter is with family and friends.

  3. Creative and cooking are not two words used in a sentence by me. Slathering butter on hot bread out of the oven would be the extent.

  4. We don’t celebrate Easter

  5. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    My favourite way to celebrate Easter is to get together with family for the day and share a nice meal

  6. I love celebrating Easter with my family as well as my church family. This year we are having a continental breakfast at church.

  7. sarah sar says:

    We have an easter egg hunt and then dinner with the extended family.

  8. angela m says:

    We celebrate Easter with an Easter egg hunt and then a Ham or Turkey dinner at home or the grandparents.

  9. WE celebrate with a big honey ham and an Easter egg hunt for the kids.

  10. Meghan VanCleave says:

    Ham dinner with my family and movies is the best way to celebrate.

  11. Wow! These look awesome! It’s not Easter without hot cross buns. My MIL makes hot cross buns every year.

  12. What a beautiful batch of hot cross buns, Liz! I wish I was at your Easter table this weekend. ;)

  13. I love that you’ve added cherries into these! Super YUMMY!

  14. I love making a good chocolate chip cookie. Sometimes you just can’t sub out the butter ;)

  15. spending easter with family

  16. When I see hot cross buns, I think about Easter. I love them,but never even thought of making it. This recipe is easy and they look so yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Carley L. says:

    I use Gay Lea Spreadable Butter when making lemon squares. They turn out fantastic!

  18. Carley L. says:

    My favourite way to celebrate Easter is with great food, great friends and great family.

  19. SPending it with the family.,and having a big cooked dinner together

  20. I love having Easter dinner with the family :)

  21. With a big, ol’ turkey dinner with family

  22. I celebrate Easter by going to see a parade.

  23. BlessedTA says:

    With family and friends

  24. Happy Easter! I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday! These buns look fantastic, Liz!

  25. No, no special creative way to use spreadables.

  26. We love to have an Easter Egg Hunt followed by Church and then a yummy turkey or ham dinner!

  27. Spreadable butter is so good!! And on hot cross buns even better

  28. Easter with family and friends

  29. angela mitchell says:

    I love to spend time at the family farmhouse with an Easter egg hunt, turkey lunch, and a bonfire.

  30. Cassey C says:

    I love to spend time with family.

  31. My favourite way to celebrate Easter is with my family. The egg hunt is something I always look forward to.

  32. Love that the giveaway is for Canadian residents! Who could ever say no to butter or home-made waffles. Not me at least.

  33. I like to celebrate Easter by hosting Easter dinner for my extended family

  34. I like to celebrate easter by having a nice family dinner with the ones I love

  35. I like to make cookies with gay lea butter

  36. Lori bazan says:

    I love Easter and we celebrate with a great spring BBQ and egg hunt with all of our family!

  37. Carol M (Lushka S) says:

    My favourite way to celebrate Easter is with our traditional foods (same every year)

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