Ea's Hot Cross Buns Recipe

31 March 2021

Hot Cross Buns have been synonymous with Easter for centuries, with Christians across the country (and even around the world) traditionally consuming the baked goods on Good Friday.

Our Catering Manager Ea Nielsen has provided us with her excellent Hot Cross Buns recipe for you to try out at home!

Please find the recipe downloadable by clicking here, or for a plain text version of the recipe please see below.

If you fancy giving it a try we would love for you to share your results with us, be it via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Hot Cross Buns Recipe:


  • 300ml whole milk
  • 50 butter
  • 500g plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 75g sugar
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 75g sultanas
  • 75g mixed peel
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

For the cross

  • 75g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

For the glace

3 tbsp apricot jam


Bring the whole milk to the boil, then remove from the heat and add the butter. Leave to cool until it reaches hand temperature. Put plain flour, salt, sugar and dry yeast into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the warm milk and butter mixture, then the egg. Using a wooden spoon, mix well, then bring everything together with your hands until you have a sticky dough.

Tip on to a lightly floured surface and knead by holding the dough with one hand and stretching it with the heal of the other hand, then folding it back on itself. Repeat for 5 mins until smooth and elastic. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hr or until doubled in size and a finger pressed into it leaves a dent.

With the dough still in the bowl, tip in sultanas, mixed peel, orange zest and ground cinnamon. Knead into the dough, making sure everything is well distributed. Leave to rise for 1 hr more, or until doubled in size, again covered by some well-oiled cling film to stop the dough getting a crust.

Divide the dough into 15 even pieces (about 75g per piece). Roll each piece into a smooth ball on a lightly floured work surface. Arrange the buns on one or two baking trays lined with parchment, leaving enough space for the dough to expand. Cover (but don’t wrap) with more oiled cling film, or a clean tea towel, then set aside to prove for 1 hr more.

Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Mix plain flour with about 5 tbsp water to make the paste for the cross – add the water 1 tbsp at a time, so you add just enough for a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag with a small nozzle. Pipe a line along each row of buns, then repeat in the other direction to create crosses. Bake for 20 mins on the middle shelf of the oven, until golden brown.

Gently heat the apricot jam to melt, then sieve to get rid of any chunks. While the jam is still warm, brush over the top of the warm buns and leave to cool.

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