Easter hotcross buns or currant buns

The Final product

The buns minus the cross
The buns minus the cross

Hot Cross Buns

What do you get when you cross a steam roller and a rabbit... A hot cross bunny!!

Well Easter is upon us again and its time to make hot cross buns... mmm delicious. I have used the Traditional English Hot Cross Bun recipe from Hammelmans Book "Bread A bakers book to techniques and recipes"

However I have made some changes because I don't really like mixed peel. I have also reduced the sugar as there was too much in my opinion and they were too sweet.

The book is a great for those who are interested in really exploring the artisan bread movement. There is a lot of technical information and the recipes are created in such a way that its easy to increase them.

The recipe



1.3 ounces Bread flour

0.26 ounces dried yeast

1.3 ounces white sugar

6.7 ounces (weighed) Milk

  • Mix with whisk and leave for 40 mins

Bun dough

12 ounces bread flour

2 ounces softened butter

1 egg

1.5 ounces sugar

0.1 ounces salt

0.1 ounces mixed spice

4 ounces currants


make a paste with water and plain flour, make into strips, place on buns before final proofing.


1. Mix the butter with the flour

2. Add the sugar/spice/salt mix

3. Add the egg and the premix

4. Mix until it forms an elastic dough

5. Leave for 1 hour at warm temperature

6. Divide dough into 12 and mould into bun shape, place in baking tray

7. Leave for 1 hour

8. Cook in 225oCOven for 15 Min's

9. Brush with sugar syrup when cooled (syrup 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of water heated in microwave until sugar is dissolved and syrup consistency gained)

Eat with lashings of butter whilst warm!


The bun ingredients
The bun ingredients

Before Final proofing

The buns have been shaped and will grow in size for one hour before baking
The buns have been shaped and will grow in size for one hour before baking

After Proofing

Proved buns:)
Proved buns:)

Cooked buns

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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

Hot Cross Buns! I loved those when I was a kid. Without the cross, though. (I always used to peel that bit off, myself -- what was it made of?)

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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

I think the cross is just dough. I love Hot Cross Buns, I usually buy some around this time of year. In fact, I have a pack in my kitchen right now. They are great for breakast, toasted, with butter.

I'll have to try this recipe one day. Thanks :)

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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

Yummmy, I have half a dozen in my cupboard. No, four left, or is it three.

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Anna Evanswood 7 years ago from Malaysia Author

Sorry this hub was incorrectly named.. It should have been called crossless-hotcross buns! The cross is made from a water and flour paste and piped onto the buns... some people also add a little oil.. As I live in a Muslim country when I take these to work I leave off the crosses...

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