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Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Category: food


1.  For the buns: Line a large square baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2.  Combine the flour, yeast, spices, sugar, salt, and lemon zest in a mixing bowl and stir well to mix.

3.  Add 400 ml of the water and the butter, and mix until the water is incorporated. Beat until well-blended and the consistency of thick cake batter, adding more water if the mixture is too thick.

4.  Stir in the raisins and candied peel. Place the bowl in a warm place and leave for about 25-30 minutes until the mixture is slightly swollen.

5.  For the crosses: Combine the flour, cornflour, and sugar into a small bowl and gradually whisk in enough water to make a smooth pipeable paste. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a thin, round nozzle.

6.  Take 12 mounds of the dough mixture and place on the baking tray in four rows of three, side by side.

7.  Pipe crosses on top of each bun with the prepared paste. Leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

8.  Preheat the oven to 180°C (160° fan) | 350F | gas 4. After rising, bake for about 30-40 minutes until golden, risen, and dry to the touch.

9.  To glaze: Remove from the oven and brush all over with the warmed jam before serving.

  • Serves: 12
  • Time needed: 1 hour 30 min
  • Difficulty Medium


  • For the buns:
  • 500 g | 3 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 3 tsp active dried yeast
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 60 g | 1/4 cup golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 small unwaxed lemon, zest only, finely grated
  • 450 ml tepid water, plus extra as needed
  • 120 g | 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 200 g | 1 1/3 cups raisins
  • 1 tbsp mixed candied peel, chopped
  • For the crosses:
  • 125 g | 1 cup plain flour
  • 3 tsp cornflour
  • 3 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • water
  • For the glaze:
  • 175 g | 3/4 cup apricot jam, or marmalade, warmed

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