Easy Easter hot cross buns

    1 hour 40 min

    An Easter favourite! These hot cross buns are relatively easy to make and are infinitely more delicious than anything bought in the shops. Experiment and add chocolate chips or chopped apple to your buns, or you could even soak the raisins overnight in some tea and add a little orange zest - the options are endless!


    Washington, United States
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    Makes: 12 hot cross buns

    • For the buns
    • 310ml warm milk (43 degrees C)
    • 60g caster sugar
    • 2 (7g) sachets dried active dried yeast
    • 600g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 60g butter
    • 250g raisins or sultanas
    • 2 eggs
    • For the crosses and glaze
    • 60g plain flour
    • 60ml water
    • 2 tablespoons apricot jam, warmed and strained

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:1hr proofing  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

      For the buns:

    1. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, sugar and yeast until all the sugar has dissolved. Cover and set aside until the yeast has activated and the mixture has become frothy.
    2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. With your fingers rub in the butter until the result looks like fine breadcrumbs.
    3. Stir into the flour mixture the raisins, eggs and frothy yeast then mix until all are combined. Bring the mixture together into a dough.
    4. On a lightly floured surface knead the dough for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Transfer dough to a large lightly oiled bowl then cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for 45 minutes to prove or until the dough has doubled in size.
    5. Remove the risen dough from the bowl and knock it back with your fist. Slightly knead then either divide into 12 buns, or if you wish to add other ingredients such as apple or chocolate chips to some of your buns then divide the dough into 3 sections, add the ingredients accordingly then create 4 buns from each section. You should have 12 buns total, whichever option you choose.
    6. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Grease a 20x30cm deep cake tin.
    7. Place the buns neatly in rows into the prepared baking tin; cover with cling film then leave in a warm place to rise for 15 minutes.
    8. For the crosses and glaze:

    9. Whisk together the flour and water to form a smooth paste. Transfer to a piping bag, then carefully pipe a cross onto the top of each bun.
    10. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 180 C / Gas 4 and bake for a further 15 minutes until risen and golden.
    11. Straight after removing the buns from the oven brush with the warmed apricot jam and serve.

    Chocolate crosses

    If you wish, you could pipe melted chocolate crosses onto your chocolate chip hot cross bun variations!

    See it on my blog

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    Easy Easter hot cross buns
    Easy Easter hot cross buns

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    I made 6 to try them - gorgeous and so easy to make  -  25 Mar 2016


    This recipe worked well! Wonderful texture, excellent flavour. Not too sweet, but perfect if you're spreading with butter & marmalade, like me I made half quantities as I wanted to test the recipe first and got 8 VERY large buns!  -  31 Mar 2018


    Easy to make with great results. Will do again.  -  22 Apr 2017