Hot cross buns of Trinidad & Tobago

Make this scrumptious treat in your own home for family and friends to enjoy.

Hot cross buns of Trinidad & Tobago


1 tbsp yeast
1 tsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp sugar
1 cup warm milk
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
4 tbsp margarine or butter
4 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp sultanas
2 tbsp currants
2 eggs
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground turmeric or saffron powder
Dissolve 2 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp hot water
Icing (if using)
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
4 tbsps milk or cream
pinch salt
1/4 tsp lime juice


1. Combine first 4 ingredients.
2. Stand aside in a warm place for about 10-15 minutes
3. Sift flour, tumeric/saffron and salt in a large bowl and rub in the margarine or butter
4. Add sugar, vanilla essence, cinnamon to yeast mixture
5. Add the eggs to the yeast mixture, beating well after each addition
6. Add sultanas and currants to yeast mixture
7. Pour yeast mixture into flour mixture
8. Combine to create a soft dough
9. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes
10. Place in a greased bowl and turn over to grease the top
11. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour)
12. Punch the dough down and shape into 16 balls
13. Place on lightly greased baking sheets
14. Cover and let rise until doubled (20 – 30 minutes)
15. Using a sharp knife cut a cross or X on the top of each roll (if desired)
16. Bake at 375F for 12 to 15 minutes
17. Meanwhile make icing and glaze by combining the mentioned ingredients
18. When buns are baked, brush with glaze
19. Cool on racks
20. When cool, drizzle icing over the top of each roll following the lines of the cut cross (if used)




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