Hot Cross Molasses Raisin Tea Buns

Hot Cross Molasses Raisin Tea Buns - a quicker alternative to hot cross buns, especially if you love the flavour of molasses.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 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
  • 3/4 cup cold butter cut in cubes
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins light or dark, your preference
  • 1/2 cup fancy molasses
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Vanilla Glaze

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


  1. In a food processor or in a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Cut in or pulse in in the butter until the mixture resembles a fine meal. Remove to a large bowl and stir in the raisins.
  3. Make a well in the center of this mixture.
  4. Mix together the molasses, milk and vanilla.
  5. Pour into the well and mix only enough to form a dough ball. If this mixture seems too loose a dough, add a little more flour.
  6. Roll to 1 inch thickness and cut out buns with biscuit cutter and place in a parchment lined 9x13 baking pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 -30 minutes. Baking time may vary a little depending on the size of your biscuit cutter.
  8. This recipe makes about 12 tea buns.

To make the Vanilla Glaze

  1. 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.