Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Easter is on its way and one of the delicious traditions are hot cross buns. I love them toasted and covered in  a good layer of butter.

Hot cross buns are a weird one for me, as I don’t by rule, like raisins. However, with the mixture of spices and everything else, as long as it is toasted, I can get around the fact that I don’t like raisins.

That is why this year, I decided to make some hot cross buns of my own and I actually decided to make them with wholemeal flour to make them a little healthier than usual.



For the buns:

  • 50g butter
  • 150ml milk
  • 50g caster sugar
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 400g wholemeal bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1x 7g sachet fast-action yeast
  • 100g raisins
  • 2 tsps mixed spice
  • 1 egg

Before baking:

  • 1 egg, for an egg wash

For the cross:

  • 6 tbsp plain flour
  • 3 tbsp water

For the sugar glaze:

  • 25g caster sugar
  • 20ml boiling water


  1. In a pan, melt together the butter, milk, caster sugar and orange zest until the caster sugar has dissolved.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, raising and mixed spice.
  3. Pour in the warm milky mixture, followed by an egg until it creates a sticky dough.
  4. Knead the dough for roughly 10 mins until the dough becomes elastic. Form it into a ball and put into a slightly oiled bowl.
  5. Cover the bowl with a towel and leave to prove until doubled in size (about an hour).
  6. Knock the dough back and split into 12 equal balls, shaping into round buns.
  7. Put on a lined baking tray and cover with clingfilm before allowing to prove again for an hour. Don’t worry if they touch, you can tear them when they are finished cooking.
  8. Preheat the oven to 200°C or gas mark 6.
  9. Make an egg wash with one egg and cover over the buns with a brush.
  10. For the cross, mix the flour and water and place in a piping bag. The mixture should be fairly runny, so if it is too thick then add a little more water.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden.
  12. When the buns are out of the oven, brush the buns with the sugar mixture (mix the sugar and warm water).
  13. Leave to cool and serve with plenty of butter!

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