Kids Hot Cross Buns

Kids Hot Cross Buns

Perfect for introducing kids to the process of bread making - this is simple 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 “Kids 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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