Hot Cross Buns

Cross Buns!

Serve toasted for breakfast, an afternoon snack with a cup of tea, or as a light summer. Great lunchbox snacks too.

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Hot Cross Buns

These warm spicy buns with the traditional icing on the top are literally the perfect bite. 
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour


  • 540 plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 55 gr light brown sugar
  • 85 gr unsalted softened butter
  • 2 large eggs plus one egg yolk (save the white) at room temperature
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • ½ cup dried mixed fruit
  • ½ cup raisins
  • cup room temperature milk
  • 2 tsp instant yeast

For the icing:


  • Grease a 9” x 132 baking tray.
  • Mix the apple juice, dried fruit and raisins in a bowl then microwave until warm. Cover and allow to cool a little.
  • Place all the remaining dough ingredients into the bowl of an electric stand mixer and knead until you have a soft elastic dough.
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  • Add in the fruit mixture including the liquid and mix until combined.
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  • You will have a sticky dough at this point.
  • Cover the mixing bowl and allow to rise for one hour in a warm place.
  • Deflate the dough then take a muffin scoop and scoop portions of the dough. Roll into balls then place into the prepared baking tray.
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  • Cover the tray and allow to rise for a further hour.
  • The buns will be touching each other after this rise.
  • Preheat the oven to 375f.
  • Whisk the left over egg white with a tablespoon of milk and rush over the buns.
  • Bake for around 20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for five minutes before transferring in one piece onto a cooling rack.
  • Once cooled, pull apart the buns.
  • Place the icing into a small piping bag and pipe a cross onto each bun.
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Course: Bread
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Bread, Cross Buns, Quick & Easy

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