One a penny, two a penny…..Hot Cross Buns are a real Easter treat for every member of the family. So this year, why not make your own Hot Cross Buns recipe!

This recipe makes 10 buns.


500g strong plain flour

tsp salt

2tsp mixed spice

2tsp cinnamon

8g sugar

14g easy blend yeast

200ml warm milk

1 large egg, beaten

50ml sunflower oil

125g mixed dried fruits

Paste for Cross:

2tbsp plain flour

3tbsp milk

1tsp oil


2tbsp water

2tbsp sugar


Sift the flour, salt and spices into a mixing bowl then sprinkle in the sugar and yeast.

Make a well in the centre then pour in the milk, egg, oil and fruit and mix together to make a smooth dough.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in a bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for about 2 hours until doubled in size.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead for a further 2 minutes. Divide into 10 equal pieces, shape into buns and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover and leave in a warm place until doubled in size again.

To make the paste put the flour in a small bowl and gradually stir in the milk and oil to make a smooth, thick batter. Spoon into a small piping bag fitted with a 5mm plain nozzle and pipe a cross on top of each bun.

Bake in a preheated oven at 200C (400F), Gas Mark 6 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

To make the glaze put the sugar and milk into a small pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 1 minute. Brush the buns with the glaze as soon as they come out of the oven. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool a little before serving.

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