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How To Make Hot Cross Buns

How To Make Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns recipe. Hot cross buns were traditionally eaten on Good Friday but their popularity has outgrown their religious roots. They are sweet and delicious and so easy to make. Instead of buying the buns in the shop, why not make our Hot Cross Buns recipe at home?


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Step 1: You will need

  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 120 ml warm milk
  • 1 egg
  • 15 g butter, room temperature
  • a pinch of salt
  • 45 g sugar
  • 240 g flour
  • 70 g currants
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • a pinch of allspice
  • 1 egg, mixed with 2 tbsp water
  • some extra flour
  • 1 mixer with the flat beater
  • 1 bowl, lightly oiled
  • 1 baking tray lined with parchment paper
  • 1 knife
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 tea towel
  • 1 brush

Step 2: Begin the dough

Into the mixer add the milk, yeast, butter, egg, sugar, flour, cinnamon, allspice, salt and the currants. Mix it together but only until it is just combines. Sprinkle a little flour onto the dough. Remove the bowl from the mixer.

Step 3: Continue the dough

Dust the work surface with flour. Remove the dough from the mixer bowl. If it seems to be too sticky then add a little more flour. Knead it with your hands until it has an elastic consistency. Shape it into a ball, place it in a bowl, cover it with a towel and let it rise until it doubles in size.

Step 4: Make into buns

After the dough has risen, remove the cloth from the bowl and sprinkle over a little flour. Punch the air out of the dough with your knuckles. Remove it from the bowl. Place it onto the surface and shape it into a log. Cut it into six pieces. Take one piece and shape it into a ball, by first folding the dough inwards then rolling it with the palm of your hand. Roll all the 5 remaining pieces into balls.
Place them onto the pre-lined baking tray. Cover them once more with the towel. Let them rise again for about 30 minutes.

Step 5: Preheat the oven

While you are waiting for the dough to rise, set the oven to 170ºC (325ºF/ or gas mark 3).

Step 6: Wash and bake

Once your buns have doubled in size, uncover them. Brush the buns all over with the egg wash. Then using your knife, cut a deep cross into the centre of each bun. The deeper the cut, the more pronounced the cross will be when baked. Place them in the oven and let them bake for about 15 minutes, then remove.

Step 7: Cool and serve

Let them cool for a few minutes and serve them hot or cold. But be warned, served warm with lashings of butter you could be up until midnight making more!