Recipe For Hot Cross Buns

I can remember at high school being late for a class and telling the teacher “better late than never” (cheeky bugger me) and he replied “better never late”. Well, for Easter I had planned to do a recipe post on hot cross buns, but the next thing I knew it was April already, and I was LATE. And then, The Little Loaf set this month’s Fresh From The Oven challenge and it was for Hot Cross Buns. So, now I had to make them! But I knew I could not get the post done in time for Easter as the first free moment I would have to bake would be on Easter Friday. We were going out for lunch and I knew that they would make a welcome dessert, especially as they would be freshly made. We did a taste test, comparing them to ones made in a bakery, and mine were judged to be the best! They are spicy, and easy to make, and the recipe I am sharing with you is straight out of the book for my bread maker.

Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns
 
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Ingredients
For the dough:
  • 340mls water
  • 40mls oil
  • 10mls salt
  • 60mls brown sugar – I used fructose
  • 1l bread flour
  • 60mls milk powder
  • 20mls ground mixed spice
  • 20mls ground cinnamon
  • 11.25mls yeast
  • 250mls raisins
  • 125mls dried cranberries
For the crosses:
  • 40mls water
  • 60mls flour
For the glaze:
  • 125mls icing sugar, sifted – I used Canderel Yellow (sucralose)
  • 2.5mls allspice
  • 1.25mls ground cinnamon
  • 30mls water
Method
  1. Place the ingredients into the bread maker in the order listed, up to and including the yeast
  2. Place into your bread maker with the dough setting for bread, and the add nuts option selected
  3. At the beeps, add the raisins and cranberries
  4. Once the machine has finished its process, divide the dough into pieces and shape into rounds
  5. Place the rounds close together on a lightly greased baking tray
  6. cover loosely with lightly greased cling wrap and leave to stand in a warm area for 20 minutes
  7. Preheat the oven to 190° Celsius
  8. Mix the batter for the crosses until smooth and place into a piping bag with a small nozzle
  9. Once the buns have doubled in size, remove the cling wrap and pipe a cross onto each bun (you can make them quite thick as the batter goes a long way – I made stars as I made mine too thin and had batter left over)
  10. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown
  11. Combine all the glaze ingredients into a small mixing bowl and stir until all mixed in
  12. Place onto a wire rack and glaze and leave to cool for 10 minutes

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55 thoughts on “Recipe For Hot Cross Buns

  1. The starry tops are so pretty.

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  2. Hot cross buns are always irresistible…I love them……

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    1. me too Katya 🙂

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  3. Great photo!

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    1. thanks Tok 🙂

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  4. Thank you for taking part this month. I love the star on top and also the addition os cranberries sound good too.

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    1. it was a great challenge 🙂

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  5. Your hot cross buns look really good, yummy toasted, dripping with butter *drools*

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    1. I was so lucky that Dave toasted them for me all weekend long!

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  6. You did make them! Awesome.. love the cranberries and that you did little pretty stars on top!!

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    1. Thanks Smidge! I made them on Easter Friday, it just took me time to post the recipe 🙂

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  7. I love how yours look! They do look like snowflakes on top. I think they are so worth it and not that much trouble really.

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    1. I could make these every weekend 🙂

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  8. These look great! I still haven’t made mine for FFTO this month – hopefully I’ll be able to find time!

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    1. thanks! hope you find the time 🙂

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  9. Tandy its never too late for hot cross buns. I’d eat them in november!

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    1. me too Brydie!

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  10. With all of these bun recipes I’m seeing, I think everyone wants me to become a bread eater lol. And I just might because your hot buns looks scrumptious Tandy

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    1. if you are going to eat any one bread then this is a good start 🙂

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  11. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, Tandy! Pretty sure these would already be gone if I had them sitting in my apartment. 😉

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    1. I had to hide them away from myself 🙂

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  12. My favorites – these look beautiful!

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    1. thank you so much 🙂

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  13. You know, I’ve somehow never had a hot cross bun. They’re such an Easter staple and always look so good (yours especially!) but I’ve never seen them around here (doesn’t help that there are no good bakeries) or tried to make my own. I feel like I’m missing out. Want to send me a few? Haha ;D

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    1. *express post package sent* – how I wish I could. They are so easy to make, and so worth it as they can be toasted for breakfast so you don’t need to worry about them going stale 🙂

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      1. That sounds perfect! I love when you can make big batches of food that are still good a few days later–some breads really don’t age well, and it’s sad to put in all the work to bake, and then have it last a day.

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        1. I so agree! and especially more so when you are baking for 1 or 2 people and the recipe cannot be halved 🙂

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  14. I like the addition of cranberries! I baked Easter biscuits and decorated them but never had time to blog them!! 🙂

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    1. You can either blog them late – or save a post for next year LOL 🙂

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  15. The patterns on the top are so pretty-like snowflakes! 😀

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    1. That has given me such a great idea! Thanks 🙂

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  16. They look delicious, 🙂
    I wanted to try vodka tonic hake,bt I struggle to find fresh yeast 🙁

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    1. we get from the bakery at our local Pick N Pay – I am sure all grocery stores that have their own bakery use fresh yeast and they should be able to help. Just be aware it goes off easily – I discovered that this week when I went to use some more 🙂

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  17. They look delicious Tandy.
    *hugs*

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    1. Thanks Hope 🙂

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  18. They look wonderful, you did a great job., I don´t know why I got into such a tangle with mine…next year I´m going to take some tips from my fellow bloggers!

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    1. I think it has all to do with starting with a great recipe! This one for the bread maker turned out that way thankfully 🙂

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  19. Beautiful recipe for hot cross buns Tandy! I could enjoy hot cross buns all year around – I shall leave off the crosses and call them spiced buns.
    🙂 Mandy

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    1. which sounds just as good Mandy 🙂

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  20. DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-LLLLLLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICCCCCCCCCCCCCCCIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

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    1. THANK YOU 🙂

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  21. Love the llook of your Hot Cross Buns, Tandy. One ar even two with lots of butter, would go down very well for my breakfast right now. 😉

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    1. they made a very good breakfast – toasted under the grill with a generous slathering of butter 🙂

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  22. Lovely looking buns! I really like the alternative crosses on top too – very pretty 🙂

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    1. thank you for a great challenge 🙂

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  23. Very good looking buns:)

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    1. thank you!

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  24. I could eat Hot Cross Buns any time of the year 🙂

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    1. me too!

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  25. I’m with you! I did mine twice!! One on Easter and the other on Good Friday! It takes me a long time to blog… So I already knew my post would not have made it on Easter… But hey!! Who’s to say you can’t bake on non-easter days? hehehe.. Lovely looking buns!

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    1. I think one can have these all year round – and blogging deadlines are not that important in the big scheme of things really 🙂

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  26. I LOVE hot cross buns. Many years agol a friend who had never baked with yeast asked me, so we made them at my flat. We ate them ALL hot from the oven and both suffered serious pain from all that fresh yeasty bread. I’ve never tried since.

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    1. I had to stop myself gobbling them up as soon as they came out of the oven 🙂

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