Hot Cross Buns Recipe

2 Apr 2010


Breakfast: freshly baked hot cross buns, of course served with lashings of butter and the biggest pot of tea.

Did you have buns for breakfast?

Here is the recipe.
It is based on a recipe from a book called One Hundred Bread Machine Recipes by Vicki Smallwood.

1 medium sized  egg, beaten
1 cup of milk warmed to between 21 and 28° C
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
4 tablespoons caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ( or more , to taste) mixed spices
3 1/4 cup ( 500g) white bread flour
2 teaspoons yeast
150g sultanas/currants

To finish:
2 tablespoons plain flour
3 tablespoons caster sugar
3 tablespoons milk

Whisk together the butter, milk and egg and place in bread machine baking pan.
Add caster sugar, salt, mixed spice, bread flour and yeast.
Set machine to dough and add fruit when appropriate to your machine.

When the dough is ready transfer to floured surface, knead for 1 - 2 minutes and then divide dough into 12 equal portions. shape each piece into a ball and place onto a greased baking tray or a lamington tray ( about A4 size). Cover with oiled plastic wrap or a damp cloth and leave to prove until almost doubled in size.

Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F.

When ready to cook the buns cut a shallow cross in the top of the buns and then  pipe a cross onto the bun using a mixture the flour , 1 tablespoon of caster sugar and enough water to make a stiff paste.

Make a glaze for the cooked buns by mixing the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and  the milk and stirring over heat until the sugar has dissolved. The buns are glazed after they are cooked.

Bake the buns for 15 to 20  minutes.
Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack and brush with the glaze.

Best eaten warm from  the oven.

9 Responses to “Hot Cross Buns Recipe”

  1. Jenny, would you mind posting your recipe for hot cross buns? My Aussie husband says we Americans do the crosses "wrong." I pipe on a cross made from icing sugar and water after the buns have cooked and are completely cooled. He says the crosses should be made from a flour paste and piped prior to baking. I'd love to make him the hot cross buns he remembers, but haven't found a good, Aussie recipe!

  2. Yes, we had hot cross buns for breakfast, but they were not homemade. Wishing you a lovely Easter with your family. from Jenny McH

  3. Hi Carina, the crosses are made with a flour and water paste piped on just before baking. I'll post the recipe a little later.

  4. You hot cross buns look yummy... thanks for the recipe.

  5. Thank you, Jenny! The dough is very similar to my recipe, but yes, your crosses are definitely different. I'm going to use your recipe next time and see if David thinks they taste more like home! (In saying this, David didn't hesitate to have some of my "Seppo" hot cross buns and a cuppa this am for Good Friday!) :)

  6. Jenny we have our buns on Easter Sunday. I am going to try this recipe, thank you.

  7. Just wanted to follow-up and say I made this recipe in with my Bread Machine and they came out great! Thank you for recipe that only makes 12 buns instead of having tons left over.

  8. Those look so good! You've inspired me to make some for Easter

  9. I keep meaning to make these and then forget! Thanks for the reminder!


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