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Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns

Makes 12 buns

Homemade hot cross buns are a real treat and can be enjoyed by the whole family. This recipe will make 12 hot cross buns which are best served warm or toasted, split and spread with butter. Any left-over hot cross buns can be frozen for another day or used to make Hot Cross Bread and Butter Pudding.

Free from Gluten, Soya, Wheat, Nuts


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Preparing the Bun Dough

  1. Put the flour, quick yeast, sugar, and mixed spice into the bowl of a kitchen mixer and stir to combine.
  2. Break the egg into the bowl, add the milk and mix to a smooth paste.
  3. Cover with an upturned bowl and leave for 6 -12 hours or overnight.                

Hot Cross Buns

  1. Melt the butter.
  2. Line a large baking tray with parchment.
  3. Add the currants and glacé peel to the bowl of dough.
  4. Tip the melted butter into the bowl and stir until everything is well combined.
  5. Divide the mixture into 12 piles on the prepared baking tray, leaving space between each pile.
  6. Cover and leave the dough to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1-2 hours.
  7. Pre-heat the oven.
  8. For the cross put the plain flour and water into a bowl and stir into a thick paste of dropping consistency.
  9. Using a teaspoon, pastry brush or piping bag, dribble or paint a cross onto each bun with the paste.
  10. Bake for 12 minutes.
  11. For the glaze put the egg yolk and water into a small bowl and stir to combine.
  12. Remove the buns from the oven and quickly brush the egg mixture over the tops.
  13. Return the buns to the oven for 3-5 minutes until golden.
  14. Transfer the hot cross buns to a wire rack to cool.


large baking tray, parchment paper, saucepan, kitchen mixer, mixing bowl and pastry brush.


200°C, Fan 180°C, 400°F, Gas 6

Cooking time

12 minutes + 3-5 minutes
The texture of the dough seemed a bit fragile that’s why I hesitated to bake it as buns and filled it into a loaf tin – which made a really lovely Easter bread. Next Easter, we will definitely have it again :-)
By Stephanie Haldy
19 Apr 2020
Great. Like any gluten free bread product you don’t get a ‘dough’ but the end result was awesome!
By Katy
10 Apr 2020
I followed the recipe to the letter, the problem I had was when I added the melted butter the dough turned into liquid I left it again to proof but I realised that I was wasting my time, so I cooked them as they were, and was very disappointed with the results, they didn’t rise and they looked more like a cookie instead of the hot cross buns that they were supposed to be, I used all the ingredients as per recipe, and like the previous reviewer, I think that something is wrong either with the quantity of ingredients or the method used, I’ve always used Dovesfarm ingredients and recipes and this is the first time that a recipe has gone wrong.
By Ana Moore
02 Apr 2020
Apologies for last comment. I realised I didn't use bread flour previously. I made them again today and they are delicious.I like Dove farm gluten free. I buy these ptoducts and the recipes are good. Love the chocolate cake one. Thank you.
By Jan
07 Apr 2018
I think the flour quantity is incorrect. Didn't form a dough, too liquid.
By Jan
30 Mar 2018

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