These slow cooker hot cross bun cinnamon rolls are perfect for a super delicious, no fuss, set-it-and-forget it Easter brunch recipe. The most amazing thing about these incredible slow cooker hot cross bun cinnamon rolls is that the dough is super easy to make and there is no long rising time, because the slow heat from your slow cooker (and the almighty Red Star yeast) does all the work for you!
So quick question here – did you know that Easter is in March this year? As in, Easter is less than two weeks away?! Um yeah, I had to do a double take when I saw that on my March calendar. The holiday completely snuck up on me.
As soon as I realized that the holiday was fast approaching, I thought back to last year when I made this awesome cinnamon sugar pecan challah bread. However, as I said last year, patience is a virtue I don’t whole-heartedly embrace when it comes to bread making.
I just want to whip up a dough and go, so to speak. I don’t want wait around for it to rise, I just don’t have time for that.
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Still wanting to make something that reminded me of the Easter bread season (for some reason Easter is always synonymous with bread and baking for me) I decided to try something out. I wanted to see if I could come up with a bread type recipe, something that uses Red Star yeast (their yeasts make the most incredible bread, it’s the only brand of yeast my family and I use) but that wouldn’t require a lot of hands on time.
And that’s when it came to me – I should use my slow cooker to make something for Easter brunch. You see, that way, it would cook away while I was getting brunch ready and guests arrive, and then by the time it would be ready, everything else would be ready too (plus, it frees up precious oven space!) I also wanted to mix traditional flavors of hot cross buns with cinnamon rolls, so I added raisins and tweaked the dough of traditional cinnamon rolls a little.
The end result? AMAZING!
With minimal prep and hands-on time (I shared a step-by-step photo above) the end result is spectacular – hot crossed bun cinnamon rolls. They’re soft and sweet and everything you want for Easter brunch!
There you have it – an easy peasy bread recipe (<– yup, it was easy enough for even me, the one who normally doesn’t have the patience to wait around for bread baking). I also have to say, that like always, Red Star yeast worked wonders – I especially love their Platinum Instant Yeast which I used in this recipe (I also tested it with regular Red Star Yeast and it worked great too).
So you know that I’ll be making these for Easter brunch, I’d love to know, what are your plans for Easter?
Other recipes you might enjoy:
- Healthy Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
- Grilled Brunch (Grilled Fruit Toasts & Breakfast Potatoes)
- The Best Eggless Waffles Recipe
- For the dough:
- ½ cup milk, warmed
- 1 packet Red Star Platinum Instant Yeast (or 2 ¼ teaspoons Red Star Yeast)
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 Tablespoons salted butter, melted
- 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour, plus ¼ cup for rolling
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- For the filling:
- 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup raisins
- For the Frosting:
- 2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 Tablespoons milk
I melt the butter in the microwave and set aside before starting to make the dough. I use a bowl and wooden spoon, but you could also use a stand mixer with a dough attachment to make the dough.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 432Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 3gSugar: 45gProtein: 6g
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