Hot Cross Buns

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Hot Cross Buns

These delicately spiced, fruity Easter treats are a sign that spring is in the air. Enjoy this delightful British classic on a nice family picnic or mild spring evening.

Preparation Time 15 minutes

Cooking Time 3 hours 20 minutes

Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes


  • Caster Sugar x 100g

  • Yeast x 1 Sachet

  • Pinch of salt

  • Cinnamon x 3 tsp

  • Ginger x 1/2 tsp

  • Nutmeg x 1/4 tsp

  • Oat milk x 250ml

  • Raisins x 50g

  • White bread flour x 500g

  • Plain flour x 50g

  • Zest & juice of 1/2 a lemon

  • Zest & juice of 1/2 a orange or sweet clementine

  • Maple or golden syrup to glaze


  • Step 1

    • Heat milk slightly until warm. Then combine bread flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl and add the milk to form a dough.

  • Step 2

    • Knead for a few minutes, then place the dough in a floured bowl. Cover and leave to rise for an hour.

  • Step 3

    • Next, combine the raisins, orange, lemon juice, zest, and spices in a bowl. Once the dough has risen, add the raisin and juice mixture knead well and let it rest for another hour.

  • Step 4

    • Then, split the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll them into small balls. Place them on a baking tray and prove for another 45 minutes.

  • Step 5

    • Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Make the paste by mixing plain flour with 5 tbsp of water to form a batter, and then get creative and add the crosses on top.

  • Step 6

    • Bake for 20 minutes; once baked, brush lightly with the syrup mixture. Finally, enjoy warm or cold.

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