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Hot Cross Buns

Makes 8-10 buns

Delicious and light hot cross buns which are traditionally toasted and eaten at Easter.

Free from Soya, Nuts


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Hot Cross Buns

  1. Put the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and mixed spice into a bowl and mix together.
  2. Melt the butter then add the milk and egg and beat together. Stir this into the flour and mix into a sticky dough.
  3. Knead the dough in the bowl for 100 presses, if possible without adding flour. The dough will be sticky at first then become smooth and pliable.
  4. Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place to double in size (about 2 hours).
  5. Line a large baking tray with parchment.
  6. Add the currants and peel to the dough and knead until they are well combined.
  7. Divide the dough into 10 pieces, roll each into a ball and place it on a parchment lined oven tray.


  1. Put the plain flour into a bowl and add just enough water to make a very thick paste.
  2. Using a paintbrush, dip it into the paste and paint a cross on each bun.
  3. Leave the buns to rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  4. Re-paint the paste cross and leave the buns to rise for a further 15 minutes.
  5. Pre-heat the oven.
  6. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes.
  7. Gently heat the apricot jam, mashing any lumps, and brush it over the buns as they come out of the oven.


large baking tray, parchment, small paintbrush


200°C, Fan 180°C, 400°F, Gas 6

Cooking time

18-20 minutes
I feel, I need to join in the praises of these Hot Cross Buns. I have found this recipe a few years ago being desperate to nurture the English part of my soul. I have had to stay abroad for a few years and there are hardly any English mainstays available in Germany. I tried other recipes for Hot Cross Buns before but found them all too sweet. These Hot Cross Buns are p e r f e c t and in season all year round. They always turn out perfect. I always keep a supply in the freezer. Thank you very much for them. Elisabeth
By Elisabeth
08 Apr 2020
Absolutely amazing! I made these for the first time this morning, and I know these are going to become a household favourite. Recipe is very easy to follow/do, which was a real surprise. I did find that the mix was a little sticky throughout, so we had jagged shaped buns, but it really isn’t a problem, especially as they are so delicious . Thank you Doves Farm for making our tummies so happy!
By Sandy L
19 Mar 2020
Made these for my 8 yr old who is coeliac. The verdict -"yummmmmm!!" when they first came out of the oven and then "very tasty especially with apricot jam". That'll do for me. Shes giving it 5 stars.
By sarah
19 Apr 2019

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