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Traditional Hot Cross Buns recipe

Traditional Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Enjoy the cherished experience of baking homemade Hot Cross Buns. A perfect treat for the holidays or any cozy afternoon.





  • Step 1.

    Combine warm milk, yeast, and one tsp sugar in a bowl. Let it sit until frothy, about 15 minutes.
  • Step 2.

    In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the remaining sugar.
  • Step 3.

    Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the yeast mixture, melted butter, egg, and dried fruit. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  • Step 4.

    On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  • Step 5.

    Place the dough in a greased bowl, covering it with a damp cloth. Allow it to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours.
  • Step 6.

    Punch down the dough and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a bun and place on a baking tray. Cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise for another hour.
  • Step 7.

    For the cross, mix flour and water to create a paste. Pipe crosses onto the buns.
  • Step 8.

    Bake at 220°C (428°F) for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with warm apricot jam for a glossy finish.
  • Step 9.

    Let the buns cool on a wire rack before serving.


  1. 300 mlWarm milk

  2. 7 gActive dry yeast

  3. 75 gSugar

  4. 500 gPlain flour

  5. 2 tspCinnamon

  6. 0.5 tspNutmeg

  7. 50 gUnsalted butter, melted

  8. 1 Egg

  9. 125 gDried fruit (raisins, currants, or mixed peel)

  10. 75 gPlain flour (for crosses)

  11. 50 mlWater (for crosses)

  12. 2 tbspApricot jam, warmed

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