You can buy some delicious hot cross buns from good bakeries, however this delicious homemade version is perfect for a lazy Easter weekend morning.


  • 150 ml milk

  • 50g butter

  • zest of 1 orange

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 400g bread flour, sifted

  • 7g dried yeast (1 x packets)

  • 150g sultanas

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • Egg wash –

  • 2 eggs beaten with a little milk

  • Flour paste -

  • 6 tablespoons plain flour

  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar

  • 4 tablespoons water

  • Glaze –

  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar

  • 2 tablespoons boiling water


  • 1.

    Heat the milk, butter and orange zest in a saucepan on a gentle heat. Once the butter has melted take off the heat and set aside to infuse.

  • 2.

    Combine flour, yeast, sultanas and cinnamon in a large bowl.

  • 3.

    When the milk mixture has become tepid (it should feel neither hot nor cold when you dip your finger into it) beat in the egg and add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients.

  • 4.

    Mix gently with a wooden spoon and then turn onto a floured surface and knead by hand for ten minutes or until the dough has come together. It should be silky and elastic, but will not be perfectly silky due to the sultanas.

  • 5.

    Place mix into a lightly buttered bowl, cover with clingwrap and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 and ½ hours.

  • 6.

    Preheat the oven to 220ºC.

  • 7.

    Punch the air out of the dough and turn out onto a floured surface to knead once more until elastic.

  • 8.

    Divide the mixture into halves until you have around 12 balls of dough.

  • 9.

    Place the balls onto baking paper (keeping them close enough to be snug, but not touching each other).

  • 10.

    Using a butter knife make a cross indentation in the top of the buns. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for a further 45 minutes.

  • 11.

    Brush the buns with the egg wash. Combine the flour, sugar and water to form a thick paste. Dribble this paste in the cross of the buns.

  • 12.

    Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.

  • 13.

    When the buns are cooked and golden, remove from the oven and brush with the sugar glaze.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)

  • Energy 247kj
  • Fat Total 5g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Protein 7g
  • Carbohydrate 43g
  • Sugar 13g
  • Sodium 24mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Posted by Report
my mix is a little dry can I add anything?
Posted by LifeStyle FOODReport
Hi Janice, thanks for brining this to our attention ... it has now been fixed. Enjoy!
Posted by BettyReport
look's easy to make and i will. thank you
Posted by FN7Report
Where is the sugar? I'm thinking it needs a little in the dough.
Posted by EOReport
I think 1 egg for the egg wash is more than enough.
Posted by Report
This is pretty much word for word from Nigella.
Posted by Report
this is word for word from Nigella.
Posted by vanessa101639Report
looks easy may try these tomorrow.
Posted by gacollins77Report
Looks easy, will give it a go.
Posted by LH7Report
Sounds really good but maybe needs a little sugar to improve it but I will leave off the flour paste as everyone I know pulls it off before eating.