Hot Cross Buns

My friend Janene made some delicious buns the other day and was kind enough to give me her recipe.  Unfortunately for me it was a thermomix recipe and as I don’t own a thermomix I had to do some tweaking to ensure it would come out ok using conventional kitchen appliances! I have to say that I think these are the best Hot Cross Buns I have ever made!

I hope you enjoy them!

2 tsp dried instant yeast

500g strong plain flour

60g sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp mixed spice

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 ginger

300ml milk

60g butter

1 large egg

110g dried apricots

30g dried currants

100g roasted hazelnuts (some whole, some chopped)


2 tbsp flour

2 tbsp cold water

*Mix to a smooth paste


1/3 cup sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

150 ml boiling water

Sift yeast, flour, sugar, salt and spices into a bowl.  Melt the butter and warm the milk to luke warm – mix together. Crack and beat the egg in a separate bowl.

Add the milk and butter to the dry ingredients.  Mix.  Add the egg, mix, then add fruit and nuts.  Mixture will be quite sticky.  Tip onto lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until dough is elastic and no longer sticky.  Place in a bowl, cover with cling film and place in a warm area to rise for 1 hour.

Punch down dough and split into 12 equal portions.  form into rounds and place on a lightly greased baking tray.  Cover with cling wrap and set aside to rise for 1 hour.

Heat oven to 200C (fan forced).  Make crosses by piping paste onto buns, bake for 15 – 20 minutes (I baked mine for 17 minutes and they were perfect).

To make glaze, mix sugar, water and cinnamon together until sugar is dissolved, brush over buns while still warm.

Happy Easter!






2 Comments Add yours

  1. globethistle says:

    Does this mean you are back from NY? How was it? Any pictures?

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. peta s says:

    Thank you! Hot Cross Buns are not done here at all. I’ll be making these on Friday.


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