Hot Cross Molasses Raisin Tea Buns

Hot Cross Molasses Raisin Tea Buns
Hot Cross Molasses Raisin Tea Buns
Here's a great Easter idea that would be welcome at a weekend brunch any time of the year. We already have a great recipe for yeast raised Hot Cross Buns here on Rock Recipes but if you are dough-phobic or just don't have the time to make the traditional version, why not try this molasses version that's as easy as making a quick batch of biscuits.

Molasses tea buns are one of my favorites so I've used that recipe here but if you don't want the molasses version, you could try our regular Raisin Tea Buns recipe and just add the spices to that and then top those with the vanilla glaze. Either way, in about an hour you could be enjoying these at an Easter brunch or on any given weekend.

Molasses Raisin Tea Buns

In a food processor or in a large bowl, combine:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 rounded tsp baking powder
  • 1 rounded tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg (optional)

Cut in or pulse in in:
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cut in cubes
until the mixture resembles a fine meal. Remove to a large bowl and stir in:
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins (light or dark, your preference)
Make a well in the center of this mixture.

Mix together:
  • 1/2 cup fancy molasses
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Pour into the well and mix only enough to form a dough ball.

Roll to 1 inch thickness and cut out buns with biscuit cutter and place in a parchment lined 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Baking time may vary a little depending on the size of your biscuit cutter.

This recipe makes about 12 tea buns.

Vanilla Glaze


  • 1/2 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tsp milk

Mix together until smooth. You will want this to be quite a stiff glaze so only add enough milk to bring it to a thick consistency. Pipe crosses onto the tops of the warm buns. A Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off works well for this if you do not have a piping bag.

Hot Cross Molasses Raisin Tea Buns
Hot Cross Molasses Raisin Tea Buns

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