This recipe for traditional hot cross buns creates a soft, fruity bun which is worth taking the time to make

These sweet buns are served at Easter time but that doesn’t mean they can’t be enjoyed any time of the year.

Makes 9 Large Buns

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Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes

Cuisine: English

Author: Caron

Servings:  9 Servings

Soft and fruity on the inside with a sweet cinnamon glaze on the outside.

Dough 3 Cups Flour 2 Tsp. Instant Dried Yeast ⅓ Cup Caster Sugar ½ Tsp. Salt 1 Tsp. Cinnamon ½ Tsp. Ground Allspice ¼ Tsp. Ground Nutmeg 1 ¼ Cups Milk 3 Tbsp. (60g or 2.1 oz.) Butter 2 Eggs 1 Cup Sultanas or Raisins 1 Tbsp. Mixed Peel (Optional) Cross 2 Tbsp. Flour 3 Tbsp. Water Glaze ⅓ Cup Sugar ¼ Tsp. Cinnamon ½ Cup Boiling Water
Sift together the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. In a small saucepan heat the milk and butter over low heat until the butter has just melted. Pour into the dry ingredients then stir until combined. Beat the eggs then add to the dough with the sultanas and optional peel. Mix in until well combined. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes. The dough will be sticky and will stick to both your hands and the board while kneading. Some people prefer to use a wide scraper to knead soft doughs. Place the dough into a large oiled bowl then cover and leave in a warm place for 1 to 1 ½ hours or until doubled in size. Remove from the bowl then flatten into a square shape. Cut into 9 equal squares then form each one into a roll. Place on a greased and floured tin with the rolls just touching each other. Lightly cover then leave to rise for a further 1 hour or until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 425ºF (220ºC) then make the cross by stirring together the flour and water. Place in a piping bag then pipe across the buns first one way then the other. Bake the buns for 15 to 20 minutes. Make the glaze by stirring together the sugar and cinnamon then add just boiled water. Stir until the sugar has dissolved then brush over the top of the buns while they are still warm.

Hot cross buns are wonderful served warm with butter smeared through the middle.

Nutrition Facts Traditional Hot Cross Buns
Serves 1 Bun
Amount Per Serving Calories 331 kcal % Daily Value* Total Fat 5.83 g 9% Saturated Fat 3.118 g 15.6% Trans Fat 0.033 g Cholesterol 46 mg 15.3% Sodium 204 mg 8.5% Total Carbohydrate 63.02 g 21% Dietary Fiber 2.2 g 8.8% Sugars 26.1 g Protein 7.9 g Vitamin A 232 IU Vitamin C 1.4 mg Calcium 71 mg Iron 2.68 mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.

Looking for more Easter recipes? Try this Apricot, Honey and Ginger Glazed Ham, Potato Bake or Broccoli and Mushroom Casserole.

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Traditional Hot Cross Buns Q&A Where did Hot Cross Buns come from?
The common belief is that a similar bun from which these evolved were made in the 14th century by Brother Thomas Rodcliffe from St Albans Abbey in the United Kingdom. They were given out to the poor on Good Friday.
How do you reheat Hot Cross Buns?
Cut the hot cross bun in half then smear the two halves with butter. Heat on high in the microwave in 20 second bursts until the butter has just melted. The buns will soften when they are just heated but too long and they will go hard.
Why is my hot cross bun dough still sticky after kneading?
Personally I find my dough is still sticky after kneading even though many recipes will say to knead until it’s no longer sticky. This could be due to the quality of the flour used. I find that 10 minutes is long enough to knead and the dough will no longer feel sticky after it has finished its first rise.
Do I need to use bread flour for Hot Cross Buns?
Bread flour will give you a better texture however the cheap flour works just fine. I used budget flour in the photos above and had a good rise and acceptable texture. The taste is the same. It is more important to have a quality yeast as poorer qualities won’t give you the rise and light texture.
Gluten and Dairy Free Options
For gluten free; replace the flour with a measure for measure gluten free flour blend. For dairy free; replace the butter with a dairy free margarine and the milk with either a lactose free milk or oat milk.
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Yeast is one item I don’t purchase in bulk. The yeast packed in individual foil packs does perform better than yeast in bulk packs as it retains its freshness. Yeast may still work after the expiry date however you may not get the same amount of rise and the bread will be heavy.

Caster sugar can be replaced with normal granulated sugar if you don’t have it in the pantry. You can also replace the sultanas with whatever dried fruits you have on hand. Apricots, dates, cranberries and currants all work well in this recipe.

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