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The Best Hot Cross Buns

Updated on August 20, 2012
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What would Easter be without the gorgeous smell of Hot Cross Buns filling the house?! I can tell you now, that these wont last long once they come out of the oven, and you'll have wondered why you didn't double the recipe!

The prep time may seem a little off putting, but really, it's mostly made up of waiting for the dough to rise, and they are so easy to make.

Knead the dough until smooth.
Knead the dough until smooth.
Leave to rise in a warm area.
Leave to rise in a warm area.
Shape and leave to rise again.
Shape and leave to rise again.
Cook, glaze and eat while warm!
Cook, glaze and eat while warm!

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours 30 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 2 hours 55 min
Yields: 8 medium or 6 large

Ingredients - Buns

  • 2 Cups of Plain Flour
  • 1 x 7 gram sachet of Yeast
  • 1/8 Cup of Caster Sugar
  • pinch of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup of Mixed Dried Fruit*
  • 1 tsp of Mixed Spice*
  • 20 grams of Butter
  • 150 ml of Milk
  • 1 x Egg, lightly whisked

Ingredients - Crosses

  • 1/4 Cup of Flour
  • 2 or 3 tbsp of Water

Ingredients - Glaze

  • 1/4 Cup of Water
  • 1 tbsp of Caster Sugar


  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, yeast, salt, mixed spice, and dried fruit.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the milk, heating until lukewarm.
  3. Add the warm milk and lightly whisked egg to the flour/fruit mix.
  4. Using a flat bladed knife, mix until it all comes together, then use your hands to mix into a soft dough.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes or until the dough becomes smooth. (If you have a dough mixing machine this will take some of the work out for you) Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling wrap and leave it in a warm area for 1 to 1 and a half hours to double in size.
  6. Line your baking tray with non stick baking paper, punch the dough down and knead until smooth again. Divide the dough into 8 portions.
  7. Shape each one into a ball and place on the baking tray about 1 cm apart. Cover them with cling wrap again and leave in a warm area for a further half an hour to rise again, doubling in size.
  8. Meanwhile, pre heat your oven to 190c and make the flour paste for your crosses.
  9. Mix the flour and water in a small bowl until a smooth paste is formed. Once the buns have risen again and are ready to go in the oven, pipe the flour paste (place the paste into a zip lock sandwich bag and snip off the corner, this works beautifully) across the buns and place them in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes, or until cooked through.
  10. Now to make the glaze. Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat until the sugar dissolves, then boil for about 5 minutes or until it becomes a syrup consistency.
  11. Using a pastry brush, coat the Hot Cross Buns with the glaze and eat while warm with loads of butter.

*Mixed Spice & *Mixed Fruit

If you don't have a jar of mixed spice (like I didn't), here's a quick mix that I put together and used in the recipe.

  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg

The Mixed Fruit contained the following.

  • Sultanas
  • Raisins
  • Orange and Lemon Peel
  • Glace Cherries


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    • InTuneWithCooking profile image

      InTuneWithCooking 5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks so much vespawolf, they're worth the try indeed.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love your photos. These buns look fabulous! I used to make hot cross buns years ago, but I don't know how authentic they were. I definitely plan to try this recipe. Thank you!

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      InTuneWithCooking 5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Random! Well worth the waiting time.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for the great recipe! I would love to give this a try sometime.

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      InTuneWithCooking 5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks cebutouristspot. They are delicious, and you can also add some chocolate chips in there too. Thanks for stopping by and sharing :)

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      Those look really good make me want to try baking out :) Thanks. Sharing this ingredent to my followers.