Hot Cross Buns

Homemade Easter Hot Cross buns recipe topped with a deliciously sticky glaze. Easter doesn't get better than that. Share these gorgeous buns with your family this Easter.

Golden glazed Hot Cross buns
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This is the hot cross bun recipe I use every year for Easter. They are airy, fruity, and lightly spiced and are topped with a beautiful sticky glaze too. These sticky hot cross buns are perfect for brunch on Easter Sunday. We normally serve a big roast dinner as a late lunch, so having a light brunch is perfect.

Tasty Hot Cross buns on a cake stand

These hot cross buns taste absolutely delicious cut in half with a generous helping of butter. You can add in a little jam too. Nothing says Easter more than biting into a soft homemade hot cross bun with a shiny sticky glaze. Homemade always tastes so much better than anything you can buy in the supermarkets. Once you’ve popped your buns in the oven, the smell of the All Spice and Cinnamon fills the kitchen air quickly as they bake. It really is the best aroma in the world; it can't be beaten.

Quote:

"Half for you and half for me, between us two, good luck shall be."

This recipe can be kneaded by hand, but I would highly recommend using a stand mixer with a dough hook. Let the dough hook do the hard work for you while you make yourself a cup of coffee. What makes this recipe so good is I use strong white bread flour instead of all-purpose flour. The bread flour has a higher amount of gluten which gives you an amazing texture.

Inventive takes on the traditional hot cross bun

You can use any jam you like for the glaze; you could even use honey or golden syrup. You don’t have to use raisins, you could add in any currents, sultanas, mixed peel, cherries, or even no fruit at all. Or if you wanted to shake things up you could even add chocolate chips instead. 

Golden glazed Hot Cross buns

What is the cross on top of a hot cross bun made of?

The white cross on top of hot cross buns is normally made from flour and water paste and piped over the risen buns before they are baked in the oven. Traditionally the white crosses would have to be etched out at the top of the buns, leaving an indent along the top of each bun. But doing this is quite time-consuming, hence why most people opt for the flour paste instead. If you're not keen on the taste of the flour paste for the crosses, you can use white icing drizzled over the top for a sweeter-tasting bun.  

How many calories are in a hot cross bun?

This hot cross bun recipe contains 288 calories per bun, if you add in butter or jam it will add a whole lot more calories. If you're watching your calorie intake, I would leave out the added fillings and enjoy the hot cross bun as they are. This bun recipe is delicious served with a lovely cup of tea.  

How to make Hot Cross Buns

1. First, pour the milk into a small saucepan and warm the milk over medium heat (do not boil it just needs to be warm) then set it to one side.

First, pour the milk

2. Place the flour and butter into a mixing bowl and rub between your fingers so the mixer resembles tiny bread crumbs

Place the flour and butter into a mixing bowl

3. Then add in the Sugar, Salt, Cinnamon, Allspice, Orange zest, and yeast and give it a quick mix.

add in the Sugar, Salt, Cinnamon, Allspice, Orange zest,.

4. Now add in the warm milk, Eggs, and raisins and mix them all to form a dough.

add in the warm milk, Eggs, and raisins

5. Add the dough to your stand mixer and using the dough hook knead for about 8-10 minutes.

using the dough hook knead for about 8-10 minutes

6. When the dough is smooth, stretchy, and springy to the touch, cover the mixing bowl with cling film and leave to rise for 1-2 hours. The dough should double in size at this time.

cover the mixing bowl with cling film

7. Once the dough has risen, lightly flour a clean surface, remove the dough from the bowl and lightly knead by hand to “knock it back”.

Knock back the bun dough

8. Now split the dough into 12 small balls. I do this by splitting the dough into quarters and then each quarter into three. Lightly knead each ball gently making sure the top of each dough ball is smooth. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place each ball about a cm apart.

split the hot cross bun dough into 12 small balls

9. Cover the baking sheet with lightly oiled cling film and leave to rise again for about 1 hour and while the dough is rising preheat your oven to 180°C.

10. Once the buns have risen mix together the flour and water to make a smooth paste. Add to a piping bag and carefully pipe crosses to the top of each bun.

carefully pipe crosses to the top of each bun

11. Bake your hot cross buns at 180 degrees celcius for 18-20 minutes.

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12. Once cooked brush the tops of the hot cross buns with apricot jam, do this when they are fresh and hot out of the oven. You can eat your hot cross buns warm or leave them to cool fully. Enjoy!

brush the tops of the hot cross buns with apricot jam
glazed Hot Cross buns

Hot Cross Buns

Perfect hot cross buns for Easter. These buns are airy, fruity, and lightly spiced and have a beautiful sticky glaze too.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Rising Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine British, Irish
Servings 12
Calories 288 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Ingredients for the buns

For the Cross

For the Glaze

Instructions
 

  • First, pour the milk into a small saucepan and warm the milk over medium heat (do not boil it just needs to be warm) then set it to one side.
    225 ml Whole milk
    First, pour the milk into a small saucepan and warm the milk over medium heat (do not boil it just needs to be warm) then set it to one side.
  • Place the flour and butter into a mixing bowl and rub between your fingers so the mixer resembles tiny bread crumbs.
    500 g Strong white bread flour, 50 g Unsalted butter
    Place the flour and butter into a mixing bowl and rub between your fingers so the mixer resembles tiny bread crumbs.
  • Then add in the Sugar, Salt, Cinnamon, Allspice, Orange zest, and the dried yeast. Now give it a quick mix.
    65 g Caster sugar, ½ tsp Salt, 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon, 1 tsp All Spice, Orange, 7 g Dried yeast
    Then add in the Sugar, Salt, Cinnamon, Allspice, Orange zest, and yeast and give it a quick mix.
  • Now add in the warm milk, Eggs, and raisins and mix them all to form a dough.
    2 Medium eggs, 200 g Raisins
    Now add in the warm milk, Eggs, and raisins and mix them all to form a dough.
  • Add the dough to your stand mixer and using the dough hook knead for about 8-10 minutes.
    Add the dough to your stand mixer and using the dough hook knead for about 8-10 minutes.
  • When the dough is smooth, stretchy, and springy to the touch, cover the mixing bowl with cling film and leave to rise for 1-2 hours. The dough should double in size at this time.
    When the dough is smooth, stretchy, and springy to the touch, cover the mixing bowl with cling film and leave to rise for 1-2 hours. The dough should double in size at this time.
  • Once the dough has risen, lightly flour a clean surface, remove the dough from the bowl and lightly knead by hand to “knock it back”.
    Once the dough has risen, lightly flour a clean surface, remove the dough from the bowl and lightly knead by hand to “knock it back”.
  • Now split the dough into 12 small balls. I do this by splitting the dough into quarters and then each quarter into three. Lightly knead each ball gently making sure the top of each dough ball is smooth. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place each ball about a cm apart.
    Now split the dough into 12 small balls.
  • Cover the baking sheet with lightly oiled cling film and leave to rise again for about 1 hour.
    Cover the baking sheet of hot cross buns with lightly oiled cling film
  • While the dough is rising preheat your oven to 180°C.
    Preheat oven 180 degrees
  • Once the buns have risen mix together the flour and water to make a smooth paste.
    2 tablespoons Flour, 2 tablespoons Water
  • Add to a piping bag and carefully pipe crosses to the top of each bun.
    Once the buns have risen mix together the flour and water to make a smooth paste. Add to a piping bag and carefully pipe crosses to the top of each bun.
  • Bake your hot cross buns for 18-20 minutes.
    Bake your hot cross buns for 18-20 minutes.
  • Once cooked brush the tops of the hot cross buns with apricot jam, do this when they are fresh and hot out of the oven.
    2 tbsp Apricot jam
    Once cooked brush the tops of the hot cross buns with apricot jam, do this when they are fresh and hot out of the oven.
  • You can eat hot cross buns warm or leave them to cool fully. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
    Easter Hot Cross buns on a cake stand

Notes

  • Make sure when you are rising your bun dough you have it in a warm place so that it will rise. On cold days I store my rising dough in my airing cupboard next to the hot water tank.
  • Why not try soaking the dried fruit in a little orange juice for a couple of hours beforehand. Doing this will help keep your hot cross buns looking lovely and fresh. My mum always does this if she is baking these for the next day.
  • This recipe is best eaten the same day, as with all fresh bread recipes.
  • You can store hot cross buns for the next day, just make sure to wrap them in cling film.
  • You can use any jam you like for the glaze; you could even use honey or golden syrup too.
  • You don’t have to use raisins; you could add in any currents, sultanas, mixed peel, cherries, or even add chocolate chips instead.

Nutrition

Sodium: 122mgCalcium: 43mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 184IUSugar: 8gFiber: 2gPotassium: 231mgCholesterol: 38mgCalories: 288kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 3gFat: 6gProtein: 7gCarbohydrates: 53gIron: 1mg
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If you're looking for more Easter treat or dessert recipes, why not take a look at our very popular Cadburys Mini egg brownie recipe, it's rich, gooey and so delicious. I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend and enjoy your homemade hot cross buns with your family and friends.

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