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Easter Hot cross buns

Updated on January 16, 2016

Hot Cross Buns.

Hot Cross Buns signify for many Christians the death of Christ of the Cross and his resurrection. This is why they are sold at Easter time. There is no hard evidence where and why they originated, some think even the Greeks developed the Hot Cross Bun. Never - the - less there is nothing quite like the wafting smell of freshly baked Easter Hot Cross Buns to bring the family and friends home to enjoy and share this delicious treat. They are also not that hard to make.

Hot Cross Buns nursery rhyme

Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns!
One a penny, two a penny - Hot cross buns.
If you have no daughters, give them to your sons
One a penny, two a penny - Hot cross buns.

Hot Cross Buns recipe

Ingredients - makes 16 plain hot cross buns. (Amounts include the cross on top)

  • 1 1/2 cups milk warmed
  • 2 tsp dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 60g melted butter
  • 1 whisked egg
  • 4 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/3 cup cold water

For Fruit Hot Cross Buns add

  • 1 cup sultanas
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup dried mixed peel


  • 1/2 cup smooth apricot jam

  1. In a bowl, stir the yeast and 1 tbs of sugar into the milk and let stand for 10 mins. The yeast needs to proof and become frothy.
  2. Whisk the butter and egg into the milk mixture. In another bowl mix only four cups of the flour, remaining sugar salt and mixed spice. Next add in the sultanas, currants and mixed peel . Stir it all together. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients then pour in the liquid mixture using a wooden spoon to combine well. You may want to use your hands for this part.
  3. Knead the dough on a flour board for 15 minutes or until it is elastic and smooth. Put the dough back in the bowl and cover over with a damp cloth. In a warm place let it sit to rise for an hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 23cm square pan or a rectangle pan if you have it instead. Deflate the dough a bit by punching with your fist then turn back out onto floured board and knead for another few minutes until it is smooth and elastic again.
  5. Divide the dough up evenly. It should make about 16 buns. Make then into balls and place next to each other on a tray. Set aside for another 1/2 hour until buns have risen.
  6. While the buns are rising mix together the water and leftover flour to make a smooth paste. This is to make the crosses on top of the buns. Put the mixture into a small ziplock back and snip of a small part of the corner so it turns into a piping bag.
  7. Pipe a line across the middle of all the buns then turn tray 90 degrees and repeat to form the crosses on top of the buns.
  8. Place in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven heat to 180°C and continue to bake the buns for another 20 minutes or until golden . Tap the buns on the bottom. If the sound hollow then they are cooked!
  9. Let cool a bit on a wire rack. While the buns are cooling slightly heat the jam in a saucepan over high heat. Continuously stir jam until it melts, approx 2 mins. Use a fine sieve and strain any pieces and lumps out of the jam. Brush hot jam over the buns.Voila - they are all done.
  10. To serve - warm or toasted and add butter.


  • Gluten free flour for gluten intolerant people.
  • Craisins instead of the sultanas and currants
  • Choc chips can bee added instead of all the fruit for chocolate Hot Cross Buns.
  • Try mixing in chopped pecan or walnuts.

You'll make these more and more often when you realise really how easy and popular Hot Cross Buns are. Be sure to try the variety suggestions as they are very good as well. And of course make a heap this Easter to share around and get you into the Easter spirit.

Check out my other Easter hubs

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Easter crafts -how to make mini Easter baskets and Easter nests.

Easter craft Easter bunny How to make a cute and easy Rabbit.

Some of my other recipe hubs to read are :

Bruschetta recipes - easy and make them in 15 mins

How to make Mamma's best pizza dough.

How to Desserts, make in 10 mins - 3 non cook, easy ideas Yummo!

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      Frangipanni 4 years ago

      Hi there glassvisage. Thanks for stopping by and reading . Easter hot cross buns are so popular here in Australia. The supermarkets have them on the sheves about 12 weeks beforehand!

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      glassvisage 4 years ago from Northern California

      I've never had these myself, though I've heard of them from the rhyme before that you mentioned in your Hub, so it's nice to learn more about what they are and how they are made! Thank you for sharing!

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      Frangipanni 4 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by. I think you will love them and I hope you find them fun to make too. Have a great day.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      O, thank you for sharing this. They sound so flavorful. I have always wanted to make them but have never given it a try. Now I have a recipe right at hand to try.

      Thanks for sharing with us.

      Sending Angels your way :) ps

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      Frangipanni 4 years ago

      Hi Penny Circle,

      Thanks for the kind words and stopping by. I actually can't wait for Easter, I love it. Have a great day.

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      Frangipanni 4 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by. I always enjoy feedback and glad you like the recipe.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wow, I didn't realize the meaning behind hot cross buns. I wonder why they signify the death and resurrection of Christ. Thanks for that insight. I will have to research that further. And thanks for the yummy recipe Frangipanni!

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      Frangipanni 4 years ago

      Thanks again kidscrafts. These are good but too many are not so good for the waistline! Glad you liked the hub. Hope your day is great!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for this recipe! I prepare a lot of pastry and breads from Belgium and the Netherlands but this recipe is not in my repertoire! I can see them in the store here in Canada especially around Easter. So I will try your recipe close from Easter! Thank you very muc!

      Voted up and delicious .... oops.... useful :-)