I don't know how popular Hot Cross Buns are in the US, but in the UK they are an Easter 'must have'!. I understand that in the US the crosses on hot cross buns are made from icing. In the UK they are always made from just plain white flour and water. I so much enjoy making these and always mean to make them, 'not just at Easter' but then never get round to it. Do you guys ever make them? This is my failsafe recipe: Ingredients 120 ml semi skimmed milk (room temperature) 50g melted butter 500g strong bread flour 1 tsp salt 70g caster sugar 10g Instant yeast 2 beaten eggs 125g mixed dried fruit 2 tsp ground cinnamon Luke warm water as required (about 100 ml) A little apricot jam heated in the microwave (to glaze) For the cross: 70g plain flour 70 ml water Method Mix the melted butter into the milk. Put the flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon and yeast into a large bowl. Add the warm milk and butter, then eggs. Mix well, adding just enough water to bring the mixture together into a sticky dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth (about 10 mins). Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl covered with clingfilm and leave to rise until doubled. Add the dried fruit to the bowl and fold the dough over it. Then knead the dough again on a floured surface until the fruit is well distributed. Leave to rise again until doubled. Divide the dough into 10 pieces. I do this by rolling it into a sausage and then cutting even sized pieces off and shaping them into balls. Place the buns on a baking tray , cover with clingfilm and allow to rise for another hour. Heat oven to 180C. Mix flour and water together for the crosses and then pipe the crosses over the buns. Bake for 20 mins until golden brown.Brush the tops of the buns with the melted jam to glaze.