Recipes - Hot Cross Buns

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  • A hot cross bun covered in butter
  • A ball of dough for hot cross buns
  • Hot cross bun dough with dried fruits
  • A ball of dough with chopped fruits for hot cross buns
  • 7 hot cross buns on a white plate

hot cross buns

makes 15


  • 300ml milk
  • 50g butter
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 500g flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 75g sultanas
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • 1 orange zest and juice
  • 1 apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 75g flour
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Mix the flour, salt, sugar and dried yeast together in a large mixing bowl
  2. Warm the milk in a saucepan with the butter
  3. When the milk is cooled a little, add it to the flour mixture and add the egg. Mix to combine all the ingredients
  4. Turn out on to the counter and knead the dough for 5 minutes until the mixture becomes smooth and silky
  5. Put the dough in to a floured bowl and cover with a tea towel and leave to prove for 1 hour
  6. After an hour, the dough should have doubled in size
  7. Turn out on to the counter and add the chopped apple, sultanas, walnuts, orange zest and cinnamon
  8. Knead the fruit, nuts and zest into the dough. Then put the mixture back into the floured bowl and prove for an hour
  9. When the dough has doubled in size again, turn the mixture out and divide it into 15 equal pieces
  10. Roll the portions into a ball and place the balls onto a baking tray
  11. Mix the remaining 75g of flour and water until you have a smooth paste. Put the paste into a piping bag
  12. Pipe across the buns to give the crisscross effect
  13. Bake the buns at 190 degrees Celsius for 22 minutes
  14. For the glaze, reduce the juice of half an orange by half. Then add 1 tablespoon of honey and bring the mixture to the boil
  15. When the buns come out of the oven, brush them with the glaze and enjoy with a slab of butter

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