Hot Cross Buns

Easy Hot Cross Buns using this easy dough from my Bagel Recipe. No yeast, no boiling, no fancy mixer. Bake them in the oven or in the air-fryer!
PREP TIME:10minutes 
COOK TIME:25minutes 
YIELD: 4 servings
COURSE: Breakfast, Brunch
CUISINE: American


  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour, whole wheat or gluten-free mix* ((5 oz) )
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (make sure it’s not expired or it won’t rise)
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (use less if using table salt)
  • 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt (not regular yogurt, it will be too sticky)
  • 3 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 egg white (beaten (whole egg works fine too))

Icing (only half will get used)*:

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk or water


Oven Method:

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Place parchment paper or a silpat on a baking sheet. If using parchment paper, spray with oil to avoid sticking.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt and whisk well.
  • Add the yogurt and raisins, and mix with a fork or spatula until well combined, it will look like small crumbles.
  • Lightly dust flour on a work surface and remove dough from the bowl, knead the dough a few times until dough is tacky, but not sticky, about 10 to 15 turns (it should not leave dough on your hand when you pull away).
  • Divide into 8 equal balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Top with egg wash. Bake on the top rack of the oven for 25 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before icing.

For the icing:

  • In a small bowl, whisk the powdered sugar with milk until smooth. Transfer to a small ziplock bag and cut the tip. Ice the tops of the rolls in a cross pattern.

Air Fryer Method:

  • Preheat the air fryer 325F degrees and set for 11 to 12 minutes.
  • Transfer in batches without overcrowding and bake 11 to 12 minutes, or until golden. No need to turn.
  • Let cool at least 30 minutes before icing.


*Since only half gets used on top, I deducted half of the sugar from the analysis.


Serving: 2bunsCalories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 10.5gFat: 0.5gSodium: 426mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 16.5g
– WW Points: 7
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