Hot cross buns recipe

Hot Cross Buns

29th March 2022

Hot cross buns

This traditional Easter recipe is a sweet treat to be enjoyed by all ages. Make them from scratch with our simple step-by-step guide.


Ingredients for the buns

600g strong white flour, and some extra for dusting
1 tsp of salt
75g of caster sugar
2 ½ tsp of mixed spice
50g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
Zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
1 ½ tsp of dried fast action yeast
1 free-range egg beaten
300ml whole milk
60g dried sultanas
60g dried raisins

Ingredients for the topping

3 tbsp apricot jam 
2 tbsp plain flour


1. To start, sieve the flour, mixed spice and salt into a mixing bowl. Next rub the butter through the mixture using your fingertips, then add the sugar, yeast, zest of the unwaxed lemon, beaten egg and finally the milk.

2. Mix all of the ingredients together to create a pliable dough and slowly add the dried fruit, then turn out onto a floured work surface. Work the dough lightly for 5-10 minutes (until the dough has turned elastic).

3. Place the dough into a large bowl and cover with cling film. Leave it in a warm location for 1 hour to prove.

4. Turn out the proved mixture onto a floured work surface and knock out the dough to remove any air from the mixture. Return and cover the dough into the bowl for another 40 minutes.

5. Turn the dough out again onto a floured surface and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Roll the pieces into balls and then flatten very lightly into bun shapes. Lightly cover the buns and leave to rest for 45 minutes.
Pre-heat your oven to 240C/220C Fan/Gas 8.

6. To make the topping, mix the 2 tablespoons of plain flour with 3 tablespoons of lukewarm water to make a paste. When the buns have risen, put the paste into a piping bag and pipe a cross on the top of each bun.

7. Place the buns in the pre-heated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are lightly browned.

8. Gently warm 3 tablespoons of apricot jam on the hob, be sure not to boil.

9. When the buns have cooked and still warm, brush the warmed apricot jam onto the buns. Finally let the buns cool and enjoy.

Question: What is the difference between hot cross buns and teacakes?

Answer: They look similar but taste quite different. A hot cross bun combines traditional ingredients for dough (flour, yeast, egg) with sugar, butter, milk, sweet spices, and dried fruit. A teacake is a yeast-based bun with dried fruits and sometimes peel.


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