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Hot Cross Buns

Easy & Delicious
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Rising Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 12


Main Ingredients

  • 14 g Active Dry Yeast 2 sachets
  • 165 g Castor Sugar ¾ Cup
  • 375 ml Lukewarm Milk 1½ Cups
  • 635 g Plain Flour 4½ Cups
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 50 g Melted Butter (unsalted)
  • 280 g Sultanas or Raisins
  • 60 g Mixed Peel (optional)
  • Zest 1 Orange (optional)

For The Crosses

  • 75 g Plain Flour
  • 75 g Water

For the Glaze

  • 30 g Sugar (Brown or Castor)
  • 30 ml Water


  • Put yeast, 2 tsp sugar & warm milk in a bowl. Set aside for 5 mins until froth starts forming. This is a sign the yeast is activating.
  • Place all the rest of the main ingredients in a bowl with the yeast mixture and mix well. Mix should be a little sticky.
  • Place onto a lightly floured surface & knead for approx 8 mins until its elastic. If you have a stand mixer with a dough hook, even better! Put it in mixer for 6 mins.
  • Place in an oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let it rise for 1 hour. Dough should have doubled in size.
  • Divide dough into 12 balls. Arrange in lightly greased 22cm baking tray lined with baking paper.
  • Cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise for 30 mins.
  • Preheat oven to 180C / 350F.
  • Mix your water and flour until you have a thick paste.
  • Place into your piping bag. Or sandwich bag if using one. Snip the corner of sandwich bag.
  • Pipe crosses onto buns
  • Place buns into oven for 30 - 35 mins.
  • To Glaze
  • Put sugar & water into a saucepan and heat on low for 5 mins. leave it reduce slightly
  • With a pastry brush glaze the buns while still warm.
  • Tear, share & enjoy!!
    Love Lizzy x x x
Keyword Bakery, Bread, Buns, Fruit Buns, Hot Cross Buns