Hot Cross Buns

The best bit about making your own Hot cross buns is the aroma that fills the house. Try to grind your own spices to add into the bun mixture as this will add to the depth of flavour of your final hot cross buns.

Hot Cross Buns

This simple recipe is perfect for making at home. Why not introduce the kids to the process of bread making with this too. It is an easy to follow recipe and can be used to make choc chip buns or fruit loaves too!


For the dough

  • 450 g high grade white flour
  • 14 g instant dry yeast
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 150 ml milk warm to touch
  • 50 ml warm water
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 50 g unsalted butter


  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 100 g raisins or chocolate chips

Cross Decoration

  • 4 Tbs plain flour
  • water


  • 2 Tbs white sugar
  • 1 Tbs water


  1. Use a huge bowl and place the flour, yeast, caster sugar and salt in. Mix with a wooden spoon to combine. 

    Add in the spices and dried fruit (or choc chips) and mix again. Make a well in the centre of the dry mix. 

    Take a small jug and mix the water, milk, egg and melted butter together. Pour into the well. 

    Mix together to form a dough and use your hands once it comes together to knead it into a ball. Lightly dust a bench with extra flour. Turn the dough onto the bench and knead until it is lovely and smooth. Clean your mixing bowl out and spray with a cooking spray to grease it. 

    Tip the dough into this bowl and cover with cling film. Leave in a warm place (perhaps an oven with the pilot light on?) and allow to rise for about 1 hour (double size) 

    Turn the oven up to 180C (fan forced) Tip out the dough and knead again before dividing into 12 bun size portions. Pop the buns onto a baking tray with space inbetween. Use a knife to gently score a cross shape on the top of each bun. Cover with a damp warm tea towel and leave another 20 minutes to prove. 

    Mix the 'cross' flour and a little water to create a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe over the scored out cross shape. 

    Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until they are golden. Melt the glaze sugar and water together and brush over the warm buns

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3 thoughts on “Hot Cross Buns

  1. Vanessa i made your hot cross buns, i used a jar of tasti instant yeast, they never rose or doubled in size,they were in a warm place,what did i do wrong i followed all the steps in your recipe help

      1. Ok the recipe is correct but there is a step I will add which will ensure the yeast you are using is fresh – this has happened to me a few times and I suspect the dried yeast has been left too long. So sorry Beverley

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