The Gallery: Easter – Hot Cross Buns

by Insomniac Mummy on April 11, 2012

I don’t need an excuse to bake, but Easter is a pretty good one!

The 5 year old loves hot cross buns. So much so, that for weeks now he’s been taking them in his packed lunch to school. Every. Single. Day. Now I’m not going to pretend I bake them all the time – being a working mum there just aren’t the hours in the day. So for a treat for Easter I baked a whole batch, especially for him. Well almost…

Yes, they were as delicious as they look. I don’t think I’ll be getting away with shop bought in his lunch box next week…

Hot Cross Buns
Makes 15


  • 200ml milk
  • 50g butter (I prefer salted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 7g sachet fast action yeast
  • Pinch of salt
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 125g sultanas
  • 50g mixed peel
  • grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 egg (free range!) – beaten
  • 3 tbsp apricot jam

For the cross paste:

  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 4 – 5 tbsp cold water


  1. Bring the milk & vanilla essence almost to the boil in a saucepan, then remove from the heat and stir in the butter and orange zest. Cool for approx 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour, yeast, sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk mixture and the beaten egg.
  3. Mix with a wooden spoon, making sure everything is brought together well, then with your finish off with your hands. The dough will be quite sticky.
  4. On a well floured work surface, kneed the dough for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  5. Put the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with oiled cling film (to prevent a crust from forming), and leave to prove in a warm place for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
  6. Pour the sultanas and mixed peel into the bowl, and kneed into the dough, making sure the fruit is evenly distributed. Re-cover with the oiled clingfilm, and leave to prove for another hour, until doubled.
  7. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Remove the dough from the bowl and on a floured surface, divide into 15 smooth balls. Place them, evenly spaced, on the lined baking tray. Re-cover with the oiled clingfilm, and leave to prove for a final hour.
  8. Heat the oven to 22o°C.
  9. Make the paste for the cross by mixing the caster sugar, flour and adding the water slowly. You need a fairly thick paste that can be piped. Put the paste in a piping bag with a small nozzle, and pipe horizontally and vertically across the proved buns.
  10. Bake for 20 mins until golden.
  11. Heat the apricot jam in a pan, and sieve to remove any lumps of fruit. Remove the buns from the oven and glaze with the jam immediately.
  12. Leave to cool for at least 30 mins before tucking in.
  13. Enjoy spread thickly with butter and slices of mature cheddar cheese!

For more from The Gallery visit Tara’s blog – Sticky Fingers.

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helloitsgemma April 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

I love them – I’ve never baked them but these look so good – I may just give them a try, afterall – hot cross buns aren’t just for Easter they are for life (or so I tell myself).
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Kellogsville April 11, 2012 at 8:40 am

We spent 3 weeks in australia when daughter was 4, she only ate hot cross buns the whole time we were there! She won’t touch them now! Yours look good.


Cheetahs In My Shoes April 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

Hot cross buns are definitely for life! They look fantastic – our plans to bake were scuppered this year – but I reckon we could make some, just to check what we missed out on!
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Multiple Mummy April 11, 2012 at 9:03 am

OOOH, you are such a fabulous Mummy. They look scrumdillyumptious! x
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Nikki Thomas April 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

Wow they look amazing! I love toasted hot cross buns you can’t be them although I have never made my own, maybe I should give it a go!
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Helen Spencer April 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

You domestic goddess. These look so professional!
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oana79 April 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

They look sooo good, well done!
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Mari April 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

Nice work – I’ve never tried them myself as it’s so easy to buy them, must give it a go sometime ;)
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Kelly Wiffin April 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Oh fantastic! They look delicious!
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If I Could Escape April 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Oh my goodness! Your post has just reminded me that I’ve not had any hot cross buns this Easter. Will maybe possibly attempt your recipe this weekend. Maybe. They look delicious by the way.


Natalie April 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I’ve never been able to make good hot cross buns, but I’ll give your recipe a try as they look delicious!


Emma April 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

They look great – I only realised I like hot cross buns a few years ago,have never made my own though. Maybe next year!


Herding Cats April 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Wow! The husband loves hot cross bins, not I have a recipe I may just treat him to some homemade ones
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LauraCYMFT April 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm

These do look a lot better than the ones in the shop! Yum!!


Kirsty April 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Mmmm, those look delicious! Lucky 5 year old.
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MummaG April 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm

They look yummy! Might give them a go with my daughter… or may just chuck her in the kitchen and let her get on with it, we shall see!


sarahmumof3 April 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

ohh they look really yummy :) x
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Jacq April 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Those look great. Another one thinking ‘I might just try these’!
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