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Hot Cross Biscuits

These hot cross biscuits are made with spices, orange peel and raisins and are a lot like the traditional buns, but so much easier!


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (360 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick, 113 grams), cold and cubed
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried currants (75 grams)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup cold buttermilk (180 ml)


  • 1 cup powdered sugar (113 grams), sifted
  • 1 tablespoon milk or cream


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice.
  • Add butter and cut into dry ingredients with a pastry blender or knife until butter is the size of small peas. Stir in raisins.
  • Combine egg and buttermilk and pour over the cut butter mixture. Use a spatula or spoon to combine mixture, then dump out on to a clean surface and use your hands to bring it completely into a ball. It's okay if it's a little craggy.
  • Roll or pat to about 1 inch thick and cut with a 2 or 3-inch glass or biscuit cutter.
  • Place on the prepared sheet pan and bake until tops and bottoms are golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool while you make the icing.
  • Combine powdered sugar and milk or cream to make a thick icing. It should be thick enough to hold it's shape.
  • Using a spoon or pastry bag fitted with a plain tip, drop icing over the biscuits in the shape of a cross. Let icing set up before serving.


Calories: 395kcal, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 54mg, Sodium: 253mg, Potassium: 314mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 421IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 109mg, Iron: 3mg
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