Easy Hot Cross Buns

    1 hour 40 minutes

    When I say 'easy' hot cross buns, they aren't actually 'easy' but they do work, which is a big thing to me, as I went through 5 recipes that didn't before I got to this one. Try adding chocolate chips or chopped apple to get a few different varieties.


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    Serves: 12 

    • Buns
    • 310ml warm milk (43 degrees C)
    • 60g caster sugar
    • 2 (7g) sachets dried active yeast, about 4 teaspoons
    • 600g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon allspice
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 60g butter
    • 1 1/2 cups raisins or sultanas
    • 2 eggs
    • Garnish
    • 60g plain flour
    • 60ml water
    • 2 tablespoons apricot jam, warmed and strained.

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:1hour rising  ›  Ready in:1hour40min 

    1. Buns: In a bowl whisk together the milk, sugar and yeast until all the sugar has dissolved. Cover and set aside until the yeast has activated and the mixture has become frothy.
    2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, salt cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. With your fingers rub in the butter until the result looks like fine breadcrumbs.
    3. Stir into the flour mixture the raisins, eggs and frothy yeast then mix until all are combined.
    4. On a lightly floured surface knead the dough for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Add the dough to a large slightly greased bowl then cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for 45 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
    5. Remove the risen dough and 'punch down'. Slightly knead then divide into 12 balls.
    6. Place the balls (buns) into a greased 20x30cm baking tray, cover with cling wrap then leave in a warm place to rise for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
    7. Garnish: Whisk together the flour and water to a smooth paste. Place in a disposable snap-lock bag and cut off the tip. Using the bag, pipe a cross on the top of each bun.
    8. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 180 degrees C and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
    9. Straight after removing the buns from the oven brush with the warmed apricot jam.

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    looks very easy will try soon  -  19 Mar 2016


    Love this recipe and being able to make them at home without buying from the shops is great.  -  24 Feb 2016


    I made 6 to try them - gorgeous and so easy to make  -  25 Mar 2016  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)