Hot cross buns recipe

Hot cross buns recipe

Easter on the door step i made hot cross buns.  The end result a huge light airy bun full of dried fruit, citrus zest and mixed spices.  My cross were huge and un uniform with a sticky sweet glaze they shame the super market products into a bag with “off to feed the duck” written on the side!  Give them a try

Classic Hot Cross Buns


  • 500gr strong white flour
  • 180gr brown bread flour or all white if you don’t have both
  • 2 sachets dried yeast or 14gr
  • Pinch of salt
  • 80gr caster sugar
  • Tsp Cinnamon
  • Tsp mixed spice
  • 150gr raisins or  apricots,
  • Zest of one large lemon
  • Zest of one large orange
  • Wet
  • 80gr melted butter
  • 175ml warm milk
  • 175ml warm water
  • 1 free range egg

To make the crosses

  • 100gr strong white flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 25 gr melted butter
  • 125ml of warm water

The sticky glaze

  • 75ml water
  • 1 tbs caster sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon

To make the buns, add all the dry ingredients together and combine well in a large bowl.  In a jug mix all the wet ingredients and pour over the dry, mix with your hands to form a dough and turn out to knead onto a lightly floured surface.  Knead for about 5-8 mins. Lightly oil the big bowl and plop the dough back in. Cover with loose cling film and a tea towel and leave for a couple of hours to double in size.  ( this is a great time to go and feed the ducks or go out for a run!)

Knock out the dough and split into 14-18 small buns, work each one into a round and place into a lightly oiled large roasting pan about an inch apart.  Again cover with cling film and a tea towel and leave again to almost double in size about an hour or so. ( this is a great time to put your feet up, all that kneading is hard work!)

To make the crosses place the flour and salt in a bowl and combine with the melted butter and water to form a sort of thick batter, put this into a piping bag  and pipe crosses on each bun. Don’t worry if they look chucky or ugly when they come out of the oven they look home made a full of caricature.

Bake in a hot oven – 210oc for about 40 mins, they will release from the bottom and sound hollow when you knock their bottoms, just like a loaf of bread.

Whilst they are in the oven put the water sugar and cinnamon into a pan and bring to the boil.  Boil rapidly for 3 mins, as soon as the buns are out of the oven glaze them in this liquor with a pastry brush.

Eat straight away or toast in the morning and tell me Home made does not ROCK

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