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How to make Hot Cross Buns - 6

Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns are sweet fruit filled buns which are made on Easter. These buns are soft and filled with raisins and fresh apples. This is a recipe adapted from the famous baker, Paul Hollywood's easter buns.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 50 mins
Course Appetizers, Breakfast, Cakes and Bakes, Non Vegetarian
Cuisine European
Servings 16 buns


For the Buns

  • 300 ml Milk
  • 50 gms Butter see notes
  • 500 gms strong bread flour see notes
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Caster sugar
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 no Egg
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 100 gms raisins, preferably black see notes
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 no apple
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

For the Cross

  • 75 gms plain flour Plus extra for dusting
  • 6 tbsp water

For the Glaze

  • 4 tbsp strawberry jam see notes


  • Boil the milk in a sauce pan and turn off the heat. Then add the butter and stir to melt it in the hot milk. Keep it aside to cool down while you measure out rest of the ingredients.
  • In a large mixing bowl, take the flour, salt, sugar and yeast and mix it. Then make a well in the centre.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk an egg lightly and add this to the centre of the well. By this time the milk should have become luke warm. You have to make sure the temperature has come down or else the yeast will not work. Keep the milk under the fan in required and start with the egg only when the milk has more or less cooled down. Again, do not use completely cold milk. That won't work either.
  • Add the like warm milk to the centre of the well. Using a spatula, mix it and bring the dough together. It will be very sticky.
  • Dust a work surface with normal plain flour and tip the dough out on that. Using the heel of your palm, start working on the dough. Pull and fold repeatedly till you get a smooth and elastic dough. You will need to continue dusting with flour while kneading since this dough is quite sticky.
  • Keep it in a well oiled bowl and cover it with an oiled cling film so that a skin doesn't form on the dough surface. Keep the bowl undisturbed in a warm place of the kitchen, preferably next to the gas or oven. for an hour to let it rise.
  • In this time, grate the zest of one orange. Measure out the sulatanas or raisins. Peel the apple when it is almost an hour of the rise of the dough. Chop it into small pieces.
  • After an hour, the dough would have almost doubled. Add the raisins, apples and cinnamon powder on the dough while it is inside the bowl. Fold these into the dough, incorporating everything and distributing it at every inch of the dough. The apples and raisins may pop out but stick them in.
  • Once that is done, again cover it with a well oiled cling film and keep in a warm place for another hour.
  • After an hour, dust a work surface and tip the dough out. Cut it into 16 equal parts and start making round shapes to each part. Line two baking trays with parchment paper and place each dough on the tray. Keep space in between the doughs for them to rise.
  • Keep the trays again covered with an oiled cling film and in a warm place for an hour.
  • In the meanwhile prepare the flour for the cross. In a bowl take the flour and add water one tbsp at a time and mix it. Pour this into a piping bag with a small nozzle and keep aside.
  • Once an hour is over, remove the cling films and pipe the flour acroos the rows and then the coloumns to make crosses on the doughs.
  • Place them in the centre of a preheated oven at 220 degree C for fan and 200 degree C for 20 minutes or until they are golden.
  • For the glaze, just warm the jam lightly till it loosens up. While the buns are hot, glaze the tops with the jam using a pastry brush.
  • Serve the buns warm .


  1. I have given a few measurements in gms and few in cups. Everyone doesn't have a measuring scale at home. SInce butter is availble in 100 gms pack, you can simply cut it into half for 50 gms.
  2. You will get bread flour, also known as bakery flour at any shop where they sell bakery ingredients (even big basket).
  3. Bread flour is also available in 1 kg or 500 gms packet.
  4. I did not have sultanas but had black kismis and black currants. Mixed them together to make irt 100 gms. You can up it to 150 gms as well.
  5. If you have mixed peel, use 50 gms of chopped mixed peel and 75 gms of raisins.