Delicious Hot Cross Bun Recipe

By Kathryn Slade Hot Cross Buns

The smell of toasted Hot Cross Buns just can’t be beaten at this time of year. They fill the air with spices and fresh fruit, and are just delicious spread with butter. They are easy to pick up from the supermarket when you are passing but have you ever tried making your own?

We flicked through some old family recipe books to find a perfect recipe to create this delicious treat. With a long weekend ahead it’s a great time to give them a go!


For the buns:

  • 300ml full-fat milk, plus 2 tbsp more
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 500g strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 7g sachet of fast-action yeast
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 75g sultana
  • 50g mixed peel
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

For the cross:

  • 75g plain flour

For the glaze:

  • 3 tbsp apricot jam


  1. In a pan bring the milk to the boil, then remove from the heat, add the butter and leave it to cool.
  2. Put the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in to a bowl and make a well in the centre. 
  3. Pour the warm milk mixture into the well and then add the beaten egg.
  4. Mix well with a spoon and then use your hands to bring everything together to a sticky dough.
  5. Lightly flour your surface, tip the mixture out and then knead for around 10 minutes.
  6. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover the bowl with cling film, then leave to rise for an hour in a warm place.
  7. Once the dough has doubled in size add the mixed peel, zest, cinnamon and sultanas.
  8. Knead them into the dough making sure that there is a good mix of fruit throughout.
  9. Then pop it back in the bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise for another hour...believe me it is worth it!
  10. If you want to be really accurate and have even buns then divide the dough into 75g sections. It should make around 16-18.
  11. On your floured surface roll them into small balls and then arrange on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. You don’t want them to be too close together as they need to be left again now.
  12. Cover them loosely with a clean tea towel and then leave them to rise for an hour.
  13. Heat your oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and then start on making the crosses.
  14. Simply mix the flour with 5 tablespoons of water so that you can make a thick paste. Spoon it into a piping bag and then create your crosses.
  15. Bake your buns for 20 minutes ideally on the middle shelf of the oven until they are a delicious golden brown.

Top Tip!

To get a real shine on them so they look even more irresistible, gently heat the apricot jam and then sieve it carefully to get rid of any chunks. When it is still warm, brush it over the top of the buns and then leave them to cool if you wait!

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