1 Proof the yeast: In a bowl, stir together 1/4 cup of the warmed milk and one teaspoon of sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk and let sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.

2 Whisk the dry ingredients: In a large bowl or the mixing bowl of an electric mixer, vigorously whisk together 3 cups of the flour (reserving additional flour for later step), the salt, spices, and 1/4 cup of sugar.

The dry ingredients for hot cross buns: flour, salt, spices, and sugarDry ingredients for hot cross buns in a mixing bowl after mixing

3 Make the dough: Create a well in the flour and add the foamy yeast, softened butter, and eggs, and the remaining milk.

Using a wooden spoon or the paddle attachment of your mixer, mix the ingredients until well incorporated. The mixture should be shaggy and quite sticky.

Add in the currants, candied peel, and orange zest.

Add an egg to the dry ingredients for hot cross bunsUse a spoon to mix a the hot cross buns ingredients into a shaggy doughHot cross bun dough after the currents and orange peel have been mixed in

4 Knead the dough, adding more flour as needed: If you are using a stand mixer, switch to the dough hook attachment and start to knead on low speed. (If not using a mixer,…

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