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Hot Cross Buns

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Rise Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs
Servings: 12


  • 500 g flour
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 10 g salt
  • 10 g fast-action dried yeast
  • 40 g butter (melted)
  • 300 ml milk (warmed)
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 200 g sultanas
  • 50 g mixed candied peel (finely chopped)

For the Topping

  • 75 g flour
  • 100 ml water
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup, marmalade, or apricot jam (for glazing)


  • Whisk together flour, sugar, spices and lemon zest in a large bowl.
  • Add the salt and yeast to the bowl, placing them on opposite sides.
  • Add the melted butter and half the warmed milk to the dry ingredients. Stir until a dough starts to form.
  • Gradually add the remaining milk, stirring until a soft, pliable dough forms. You may not need to add all of the milk.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Begin kneading the dough, incorporating the sultanas and mixed peel as you go. Keep kneading until the dough forms a smooth, silky, and elastic ball (about 10 minutes).
  • Place the ball of dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the bowl with a piece of plastic wrap and leave in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size (about 1 1/2 hours).
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 12 equal sized balls. Place on a parchment lined baking tray about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  • Cover with plastic wrap again and leave for another 40-60 minutes until the dough balls have doubled in size.
  • Pre-heat your oven to 425°F and then start on the topping. Mix together the flour and water to form a paste. Transfer the paste to a small piping bag and pipe a cross onto the top of each bun.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  • While the buns are still warm from the oven, brush with some melted golden syrup, marmalade or apricot jam, to give the buns a shiny finish. Transfer the buns to a wire rack to cool completely.


Bun Recipe Source: Merry Berry's Hot Cross Buns (BBC)
Mixed Spice Recipe: Daring Gourmet