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Hot Cross Buns

Sweet buns are universally baked to mark Easter, the cross on the top having diverse ancient origins, all of them symbolic. Certainly there’s nothing like the aroma of hot cross buns wafting through the house to get your tastebuds into gear on Good Friday.


  • Bread Dough

  • 630g Strong bread flour

  • 420g Water

  • 6g Sea salt

  • 4g Dry yeast

  • Fruit & Spice Mix

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 110g Sultanas

  • 110g Raisins

  • 110g Currants

  • Soak the vine fruits in water for 30 minutes and drain before use

  • Cross Mix

  • 60g plain white flour

  • 15g caster sugar

  • 15g tepid water

  • Sugar Glaze

  • 50g caster sugar

  • 30ml water


  • 1.

    Place the flour and salt into a bowl. Dissolve the yeast in the tepid water and pour into the bowl. Use your hand to mix the flour and water together until dough is formed. Once the flour and water has come together place the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead by hand for 10-15 minutes. If the mixture appears dry then add a little water. If you are using a domestic mixer, mix for 5-10 minutes. The dough is ready once it has become silky and elastic.

  • 2.

    Add the fruit and spice mix and knead until it is fully combined with the dough.

  • 3.

    Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a tea towel and leave for 60-70 minutes or until the dough has grown significantly.

  • 4.

    Divide the dough into 115g pieces and mould into small balls using the palm of your hand in a rolling motion on the work surface. Use flour to dust your hands to stop the dough from sticking. Place the buns ½cm apart in a greased cake tin or tray and cover with a tea towel for another 30 minutes.

  • 5.

    Gently push your finger onto the dough; if it springs back they are ready to bake.

  • 6.

    Mix the cross mix ingredients together in a small bowl. Place the cross mix in a piping bag and cross the buns. You will need a steady hand for this!

  • 7.

    Place the buns in a preheated 180c oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove the buns from the oven and brush generously with the sugar glaze immediately.

  • 8.

    Allow to cool and enjoy!


Makes 12 buns.

This recipe was brought to you by La Madre Bakery

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Posted by Rebecca2526Report
A delicious looking and sounding recipe! There's nothing like home made fresh hot cross buns with real butter melting on them. I just love it!