Afternoon tea, Bread, Snacks

Hot cross buns

Happy Easter everyone! It’s Good Friday today so I thought I would repost these fluffy, delicious good Friday treats. What better way to start the festivities? Seriously who can resist these toasted buns of happiness?! With an enriched dough and fruity goodness, they’re great for breakfast or with a cup of tea in the afternoon.


250g strong bread flour – I have previously made these with wholemeal flour and they taste great, but I am using white for this batch

1/2 tsp salt

25g caster sugar

1/2 tbs (tablespoon) cinnamon

1 x 7g sachet instant yeast

150 ml milk

Zest of 1 orange

25g butter

1 egg beaten

50g mixed fruit

For the crosses

25g flour – can be any

2 tbs water

For the glaze

1 tbs apricot jam, warmed slightly


In a large bowl, tip in your flour and on one side put the salt, then the sugar, yeast and cinnamon on the other (the salt will kill the yeast if it comes in to direct contact).


Gently heat the milk and orange zest on a low heat until steam just starts to appear


Add the butter and swirl in the warm milk until melted


Allow to cool slightly – you should be able to comfortably hold your finger in the mix. Add half the egg and mix lightly

Add the wet mix to the dry and bring together – the mix will be quite wet at this stage


Turn out and start to knead for 10 mins – it starts out really wet and sticky but should come together during kneading to form a soft smooth dough

Put back into the bowl, cover and leave to rise for 2-3 hours at room temperature – until at least doubled in size.


Once risen, turn out and knock back by pressing and folding the dough several times

At this stage add the fruit, knead in and then shape into 6 buns – try to make sure there isn’t any fruit poking out of the surface by pushing back into the bun and pinching together the surface

Pop onto a baking tray, cover and leave to rise for another 30 mins to 1hr

Glaze your buns with the left over egg and mix up your paste for the crosses. Pipe the crosses on top of the buns and put into a preheated oven 180 fan for 20 mins until hollow sounding when tapped on the bottom

Immediatly brush with apricot jam and remove from the baking tray onto a cooling rack

You can have these warm from the oven, cold, or how I like them best – toasted with butter. Delicious!


Makes 6 buns

cals – 254, fat – 4.8, carbs – 43.5, protein – 7.9,

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