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Hot Cross Buns

Delicious spiced and iced soft fresh buns. An Easter “must have!”


Hot Cross Buns

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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
RISE 1 hr 40 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Course Bread, Breakfast
Servings 10 buns



  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp active dried yeast
  • 3 cups high grade (or bread) flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup raisins or currants
  • 1/4 cup mixed peel
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp sugar


  • Add the milk, water and brown sugar to a microwave proof jug or small pot and heat until warm to the touch (about 110°F). Whisk well to dissolve the sugar. Pour into a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top,stir in and leave to sit for 5 minutes.
  • While you are waiting, add 2-½ cups of flour, salt, cinnamon, mixed spice, nutmeg, raisins/currants and mixed peel to the bowl of a stand mixer or other large bowl and whisk together.
  • In another small jug melt the butter, add the egg and vanilla and whisk together until all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Once the yeast has started to bubble, add the flour mixture and butter mixture to the yeast mixture and using the dough hook attachment on your stand mixer, knead for 7-8 minutes until the dough springs back when you press it. If kneading by hand, combine the dough with a wooden spoon and then turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. Add a little more flour if the dough is really sticky.
  • Cover the dough in glad wrap or a clean tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 60-90 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Once the dough has risen, punch it down gently and turn out of the bowl onto a lightly floured surface. Split the dough into 10 evenly sized pieces roll into balls and place on a baking tray lined with a silicone liner or baking paper,so that they are almost touching. Cover with cling wrap that has been lightly sprayed with cooking oil and leave to rise in a warm place for 40 minutes.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  • While the buns are rising, make the mixture for the crosses. In a small bowl whisk together milk, flour and sugar until smooth. Once the buns have risen, pipe the crosses on the buns, by putting the cross mixture into a piping bag or ziplock bag with the corner snipped off. If you don't have a piping bag or ziplock bag,you can carefully drizzle it with a spoon.
  • Bake the buns for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. While the buns are baking, prepare the glaze by mixing the sugar and water in a small bowl and microwaving until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Remove from the oven and brush the buns with the sugar glaze and allow them to cool slightly.
  • To serve, slice the buns in half, spread with butter and enjoy!


Buns will keep in an airtight container for 3 days.
Can also be frozen.
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