23 March, 2009

Hot Cross Bun recipe

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Hot Cross Buns

Makes 12

1 Tbsp active dry yeast
1/2 cup caster (superfine) sugar
1 1/2 cups (12 fl oz) lukewarm milk
4 1/2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
2 tsp mixed spice
2 tsp cinnamon
50g (1 1/2 oz) butter, melted
1 egg
1 1/2 cups sultanas (white raisins would be closest if you can't find sultanas)
1/3 cup candied mixed peel
1/2 cup flour extra
1/3 cup water

  1. Place yeast, 2 tsp of the sugar and all of the milk in a bowl and set aside for 5 minutes. The mixture will start to foam, indicating that the yeast is still active.
  2. Add the flour, mixed spice, cinnamon, butter, egg, sultanas, mixed peel and remaining sugar to the yeast mixture and mix until a sticky dough forms. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 8 minutes or until if feels elastic. Place in a greased bowl, cover with a tea towel and allow to stand in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  3. Grease a 23cm (9 inch) square cake tin and line with non-stick baking paper.
  4. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll into balls. Place the balls in the tin, cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes or until they rise.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F).
  6. Combine the extra flour and water, place in a piping bag and pipe crosses on the buns.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until well browned and springy to touch.
Notes from me:
  1. I used bread flour without thinking and the buns were quite dense, plain flour would probably make softer buns.
  2. I baked mine on a baking tray because I didn't have a cake tin deep enough (slice tins are too shallow), they cooked faster this way.
  3. I left in the instructions for the flour-paste crosses, but I strongly suggest you use icing!
  4. These make a medium-fruity bun, increase the peel and sultanas if you like them heavy on the fruit (like me).
  5. Chocolate chips are also really nice in these kinds of buns. I was going to say it was totally untraditional but what's more traditional at Easter than chocolate? Ok so most of it's more traditional but I do like the chocolate.
  6. Like most egg breads they go stale very quickly so they're not much good after 24 hours.


  1. Those look really good. You're also a good food photographer too.

  2. I'm pleased to have found your yummy recipe and plan to make some tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!



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