Easy Hot Cross Buns using this easy dough from my bugle recipe No yeast, no boiling, no fancy mixer. Bake them in the oven or in the air-fryer!


  • 1 cup (5 oz) unbleached all purpose flour, whole wheat or gluten-free mix*
  • 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, 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: 2buns, Calories: 230kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 10.5g, Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 426mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 16.5gBlue Smart Points:7Green Smart Points:8Purple Smart Points:7Points +:5

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