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Hot cross buns

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 16


  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoon yeast
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 cup sultana


  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons water


  • cup sugar
  • cup water


  • Place milk, sugar and yeast into a bowl. Stir and leave to activate for 5-10 minutes
  • Add egg and butter to yeast mix and stir.
  • Add flour, salt, cinnamon, mixed spice, nutmeg, sultanas and orange zest to the yeast mix.
  • Mix to form a ball.
  • Transfer dough onto your bench and knead for 10 minutes until smooth, you may need another ¼ cup of flour to add to your mix a little at a time if it gets to stick when kneading.
  • Place in bowl and cover and let rest for 1½ – 2 hours or until doubled in size.
  • Once dough has risen place on a floured surface and divide dough into 16 even pieces and roll into smooth balls
  • Line a baking tray with a silicon mat or baking paper and place buns close together on tray. (1cm gap)
  • Cover and let rise for 30 -45 minutes
  • Pre-heat your oven to 180°c (356°F) fan bake


  • In a small bowl mix flour and water together until smooth. Place the mix in a piping bag or bottle, and gently squeeze a cross on the top of each buns.
  • Cook for 20-25 minutes at 180°c (356°F) on fan bake

Sugar glaze

  • In a microwave safe bowl place sugar and water and heat on high in the microwave until mix comes to a boil about 2 minutes.
  • Once buns come out of the oven, brush on sugar glaze straight away while the buns are still hot.
  • Serve warm with melted butter