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Easter Recipes - Hot Cross Buns and More

Updated on March 4, 2010

In several Christian countries I believe that the Easter buns were made with a cross on them as a symbol of the crucifixion.  These were traditionally eaten on every Good Friday.


Hot cross buns, yummy!!  I love to eat them and every year I can’t wait for them to appear in the shops.  Here are some festive recipes to make this Easter.  Now it‘s  okay making them, but that does not mean that you have to eat them all. Leave some for me please.

Yummy Hot Cross Buns

Spicy Hot Cross Buns


4 cups plain flour

1 sachet 7g dried yeast

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon Mixed spice

¼ cup sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

60 g melted butter

1 egg

1-1/2 cups milk

½ cup sultanas or mixed fruit


Mix together dry ingredients including yeast in a large bowl.

Make a well in the center, add milk and beaten egg and melted butter

Mix to a soft dough

Beat using a dough hook until dough no sticks to the bowl, or you can knead well on a lightly floured board until the dough is shiny and smooth

Now place the dough in a well greased bowl and sprinkle with a few drops of warm water then cover with a damp cloth. Put in a warm place until it doubles in size about an hour.

Punch down and knead fruit into dough.

Divide dough into equal sized portions (approx 15-18) and roll into small balls. Place into a lightly greased scone tray or other flat tray.

Allow them to rise to double size in warm place (approx 20 mins)

While rising pipe the crosses on top

Cross Mixture

2 tablespoons SR flour and 2 tablespoons cold water

Bake 15 minutes. While still hot brush all over with bun glaze

Glaze for buns

2 tablespoons sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon mixed spice

¼ cup water

Mix all together in a saucepan and boil for ten minutes.

Now all you need to do is cut in half spread with butter and start eating………Yummy, Gee I cannot get enough of these.

Chocolate chip Hot Cross Easter Buns


2 cups flour

Yeast sachet

1 teaspoon caster sugar

150 ml warm milk

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup chocolate chips

50g butter chopped up

2 tablespoons caster sugar

1 egg


Heat oven to 200c Combine milk, yeast and sugar in a container and leave in warm place until frothy for five to ten minutes

Sift cinnamon and flour in a large bowl using your fingers rub in butter until mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in chocolate chips and sugar.

Whisk the eggs into yeast mixture and add to the flour and mix together to a soft dough. Turn out onto floured board then knead for ten minutes until dough is like elastic.

Place into a greased bowl and cover with plastic and leave in warm place for about forty five minutes or doubled in size.

Punch dough with fist to remove air. Knead again and divide into about 30 equal parts. Knead each piece until smooth and roll into round shape. Then place in a greased flat tray or pan. Cover with plastic and leave for twenty minutes in warm place until double its size again.

Tip: if you want bigger buns reduce number you make

Cross ingredients

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

2 tablespoons plain flour

2 tablespoons water


Mix ingredients in a small bowl to a smooth paste. Pipe crosses on buns. Bake for ten to fifteen minutes, or sound hollow when tapped.

Glaze Ingredients
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons caster sugar


Combine water and sugar in saucepan and stir over low heat for two or three minutes, until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boil, do not stir then reduce heat and simmer for another minute or so. until mixture thickens. Brush over hot buns. Cool on a cake cooler rack.

Easter eggs in patty papers


1/3 cup sugar

3tablespoon margarine

4 cups cornflakes

1 tablespoon honey or golden syrup

1 pkt tiny paper covered easter eggs




Melt butter, honey and sugar in a saucepan and remove from heat when it looks fluffy. In another bowl add cornflakes then pour mixture over the cornflakes and mix thoroughly.


Place spoonfuls into patty papers and them push down in centre ( this is to leave hollow for chocolate eggs to go in later)

Bake for approx fifteen minutes in moderate oven.  When cool place two chocolate eggs in each one.


These are a great favorite with the kids. These give the effect of eggs sitting on straw.



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    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      lctodd, Bit hard eating the paper ones or should I say screen ones haha.

      ethel, I have but I did mine in bread maker, then cooked in oven.

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Love Hot Cross buns but have never made them

    • lctodd1947 profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      You have done it again. Make me want to take one and eat it!! Sounds so good. And the other goodies also.

      Thank you

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Pamela99, gosh how come you havent seen them in shops. Thats amazing. Dont you celebrate Easter over there. I just die for my eastern buns each year. I buy several packs and keep buying and freezing them. And eat for a couple of months after easter.

      Freezer pretty full this year so may have to go with out drat it.. Thanks again

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Eileen, I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and that is a city of multiple cultures and the bakeries are one of the fine pleasures of living in such a place. I remember hot crossed buns and they were delicious. I haven't seen them in years now and have never made them myself, but your recipe is tempting. Good hub.


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