Monday, 11 March 2013

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns. They're everywhere at the moment. Mocha, chocolate, fruitless, traditional - even Cadbury chocolate hot cross buns are heavily promoted at the moment. I mean, it's Easter!

I decided to try my hand at making them this year. I'd always thought they'd be too hard to make and wouldn't turn out nice. But boy, was I wrong.

It was the worst assumption ever.

Turns out you can make hot cross buns at home that tast exactly like the shops' ones. These hot cross buns have soft, fluffy insides, and a chewy, sweet top. Perfecto.

Hot Cross Buns
makes 12 very large buns
(originally adapted from Julie Goodwin's The Heart of the Home)

1 ¼ cups milk
¼ cup caster sugar
16g dry yeast
4 ½ cups plain flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp salt
60g butter
1 ½ cups sultanas
2 eggs, lightly beaten

For crosses: 
3 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp water

For glaze: 
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tbsp water

Heat milk until warm. Add caster sugar and stir until dissolved. Add dried yeast and set aside for 5-10 minutes until it froths up.
In a large bowl, mix in cinnamon, mixed spice and salt. Rub in butter until it is evenly combined. Stir in sultanas, then add eggs and yeast mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture is silky. Add more flour if needed.
Place dough in large, covered greased bowl and leave in a warm place to rise for 45 mins or until it rises to double the size.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Punch down and knead dough for a couple of minutes, then divide into 12 even balls. Place balls on baking tray lined with baking paper, pressed up against each other. Cover with a tea towel in warm place for another 15mins.
For crosses: Combine flour, caster sugar and water and mix until smooth. Place into small piping bag with a narrow round nozzle (I use resealable glad bag). Pipe a cross on each bun after risen.
Bake for 25 mins or until buns have risen and sound hollow when tapped.
To make glaze, warm golden syrup until smooth and runny. Stir in water and brush over the buns immediately after they come out of the oven.


  1. Your hot cross buns look perfect! Deliciously chewy! I've never had one before, but I would love to make them sometime I was wondering, could you tell me what sultanas are? :)
    Thanks and Blessings,

    1. Hi Leslie! Sultanas are raisins - dried grapes :)

  2. haha oh man I'm the worst! The only time I have ever heard of hot cross buns is in the song! So glad to see they are real! :) Your photos are great!

  3. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing, these are exactly the way my Mom made them many moons ago. I will give them a try. Pinned this recipe to share with others. Hugs, Diane

  4. Oh my, this looks delicious. I would love for you to come and share it on my weekly link up that just went live.

    Feel free to link up to 3 posts!

  5. Yum! I'm going to have to try these! I'm stopping by from Marvelous Monday linky party. I'm hosting a party and hope you will post a few great recipes!

  6. Oh man, I seriously shouldn't be online looking at recipes at 10pm! This made my mouth water!!! :) Thanks for linking up at Sweet & Savoury Sundays! :)

  7. These are such beautiful hot cross buns! Great job.

  8. These look delicious... want to make them asap!!!

    I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Liebster Award. Check out my blog for me details.

    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

  9. Looks so delicious and reminds me my moms baking!!! By the way, I’m hosting a Link-Up party and would be thrilled if you decided to participate!!!

  10. Your Hot Cross buns look so good.......I love them....Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  11. Mmmm, these look so delicious. Definitely pinning so I can come back to this recipe and make these. Thanks so much for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring your recipe in this week's issue.:)

  12. Thank you so much for sharing this reicpe. I have not had Hot Cross buns in years. They an Easter must in England, where I grew up. Now living in Texas I will be able to share memories of Easter with family and friends

  13. So happy to read your analysis of making hot cross buns. I too always assumed they would be too difficult. So pinning this for next Easter!

  14. I have never heard of these before! But I think I will need to give them a try. Following over from the blog hop!

  15. I loved the song Hot Cross Buns as a kid... and have always wondered about making them. I would love if you would share this recipe with us on foodie friday.

  16. THESE LOOK AMAZING! I've decided. You're visiting again next Easter (as well as a couple more times between now and then! ;P) and we're #1 making these amazing hot cross buns, and #2 pulling together pranks for APRIL FOOLS... t♥gether!! :D What say you? ;)

  17. Grace, its well and truly time I had a good hot cross bun recipe and tried making them myself. Yours looks gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing over at Thriving on Thursday. I'm featuring your post at tomorrow's party. Thanks for coming.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  18. Visiting from Super Saturday Link Party. I love hot cross buns and yours look great!

  19. Am making these tomorrow! They look amazing!! Hubby will be pleased ;)
    Morgan x