Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

This soft and delightful English Sweet Spice Bun would be a delight to share with family and friends around the table this Easter.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine English
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 314kcal
Author Chichi Uguru


For the dough :

  • 1 packet Active Dry Yeast
  • 4 oz salted butter melted
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 100 g sugar
  • 500 g bread flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 Tbsp candied citrus peel.

For the cross: ( flour Paste)

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

For the glaze;

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


The Dough:

  • Bring a cup of water to boil add the raisins into the boiling water and allow boil for 2 minutes to hydrate them. Sieve with a colander and run under cold water to cool and set aside. Alternatively you can hydrate the raisins in the microwave bowl see note 1 below.
  • Put about 2 Tbsp warm water in a small cup, add a teaspoon of sugar from the 100g then add the yeast and set aside
  • Mix sugar, melted butter and eggs together and pour into the mixing bowl.
  • Add the proofed yeast into the mixture, pour in the flour, cooled raisins and citrus peel and begin to mix with the dough hook of the stand mixer.
  • Mix till everything comes together. When all have come together into a ball increase speed and mix for about 5 minutes that the kneading stage. The dough shouldn't be sticky. If it is, add a little flour.
  • Grease a bowl then transfer the bell of dough to the greased bowl.
  • Cover with cling film and a kitchen towel. Place in warm place for 1 hr until it doubles in size.
  • When the dough has risen and doubled in size, punch it down,
  • Then transfer to you work surface, if it's still sticky (which I doubt), dust it with a little flour and knead.
  • Cut into 12 equal parts I had use a scale to divide them equally. You can eyeball it if you want.
  • Form 12 balls and arrange them in a greased 9 by 13 pan 1 inch apart.
  • Cover again and allow to rise for 20 mins.

The Flour paste

  • Mix the flour and water till smooth. It will have a thick yet fluid consistency.
  • Then transfer into a piping bag with a round top or use a ziplock bag and cut a little hole unit when you are ready to use the paste.

The glaze

  • When the bread is baking, you can prepare the glaze it's just simple syrup.
  • Bring water to boil then add the sugar allow to boil for about 2 minutes then turn off heat

The assembly:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • When the dough balls have risen cut the tip of the ziplock that has the flower paste.
  • Pipe a long line vertically and horizontally in the middle of the Buns.
  • Transfer to the oven and bake for 20 - 25 mins.
  • The buns would be hollow when you tap the button of the pan when it is ready. It may not be golden brown on top until the glaze is applied.
  • Bring it out of the oven and apply the glaze (simple syrup) with a brush.


  1. To hydrate the raisins in the microwave, put the raisins in a microwave safe bowl, add enough water to cover the raisins then microwave for about 2 minutes.
  2. You can soak the fruits overnight if you don't want to boil or microwave them