Skint Dad's Hot Cross Buns

Skint Dad's Hot Cross Buns


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I decided to bake up my own batch of hot cross buns. They worked out great and were much cheaper too!


Makes: 12 hot cross buns

  • 500g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 50g butter or margarine
  • 3 teaspoons dried yeast, mixed with 150ml warm water
  • 100ml milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 125g sultanas
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour, mixed with 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar with 3 teaspoons water

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:1hour30min proofing  ›  Ready in:2hours5min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Grease a baking tray.
  2. Combine the flour, mixed spice and sugar, then work the butter in with your fingers.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add the yeast mixture, milk and beaten egg and mix everything in.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, knead the mixture for about 5 minutes, then put in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave to one side for 1 hour, until doubled.
  5. Add the sultanas and knead them in. Separate into 12 small balls and put onto the prepared baking tray with a little room between them. Cover with plastic wrap and leave for 30 minutes.
  6. Combine the flour with water and, using a piping bag, make crosses on the buns.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. To give them a nice gloss, mix the sugar with the water and brush over the buns upon removing from the oven.


The buns turned out light and fluffy, and were perfect toasted. We popped them into an air tight container, hoping that we could keep them for a few days but they were eaten in less than 2 days!

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