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Hot Cross Buns

Doves Farm recipe

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

Customer rating: CakeCakeCake3 Quarter CakeEmpty Cake 6 customer reviews


Unit of measurement


300 gStrong White Flour or White Spelt Flour
1 tspQuick Yeast
½ tspSalt
1 tspSugar
1 tspMixed Spice
50 gCurrants
50 gChopped Mixed Peel
150 mlMilk
1 Egg
25 gButter
1 tbspBoiling Water
1 tspSugar
2 tbspsFlour
1 tbspMilk


  1. Mix together the flour, quick yeast, salt, sugar, mixed spice, currants and mixed peel.
  2. Stir in the milk and egg.
  3. Melt the butter, add this to the bowl and mix well.
  4. Leave the dough covered with a tea towel, in a draught free place, for it to double in size. (This should take about an hour)
  5. Knead the dough then cut it into 12 equal pieces.
  6. Roll each piece of dough into a ball and place on an oiled baking tray.
  7. To make the topping, dissolve the sugar in the boiling water.
  8. Brush the sugar water over the top of each ball of dough.
  9. In a bowl mix together the flour and milk to form a soft pastry dough.
  10. Roll out the pastry dough on a floured surface.
  11. Cut it into very thin strips and lay these across the balls of dough to form a cross.
  12. Leave to rise for 20/25 minutes.
  13. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 12/15 minutes.

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Temperature & cooking time:
200°C/Fan180°C/400°F/Gas 6 for 12/15 minutes

Dietary status:
Without Nuts, Without Soya, Vegetarian, Organic.

Please note: Dietary status is a guideline only. If you have a food allergy, please check the suitability of your ingredients.

Customer reviews

6 Reviews
5 stars: 4
4 stars: 0
3 stars: 0
2 stars: 1
1 stars: 1

Average Customer Rating:

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By Miss Beth Anderson

18 Apr 2015 | 12:55 UTC

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Disappointed that these didn't rise, they looked like dough balls even after baking but I will try again. Maybe I am doing something wrong! x

By Mrs Sue Huggins

25 Mar 2014 | 12:25 UTC

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Very disappointed didnt rise will try again though

By Mr Thomas Hughes

27 Jan 2014 | 15:15 UTC

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Followed Recipe, didn't work. Need to Warm milk first I think. I'll have another go

By Ms Samantha Tarticchio

30 Mar 2013 | 09:22 UTC

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Made them with spelt flour this afternoon. Absolutely delicious, so soft and fluffy. I made the crosses by combining spelt flour and water to a runnyish consistency then piping onto the buns after putting sugar syrup on top.

By Miss kate selkie

11 Apr 2011 | 13:27 UTC

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//: having a wheat allergy and having not baked bread in the last 6 years at least i was expecting a total disaster. these are beyond amazing, im still a bit stunned!! [ and full of hot cross bun.... ] thanks!!! xox

By Mrs Mary FitzGerald

02 Apr 2010 | 17:05 UTC

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Made these today. Worked out perfectly. Did heat the milk and melt the butter in the microwave as the receipe didn't mention the temperature of the milk. Also had to leave out the egg as one of our family can't have eggs. They are delicious.