4.6 from 5 votes
Hot Cross Buns!
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Rising Time
2 hrs
Total Time
40 mins

Lightly Spiced Hot Cross Buns that are easy to make, and PERFECT for Easter! 

Course: Bread
Cuisine: Bread
Keyword: Easter
Servings: 12 Buns
Calories: 365 kcal
Author: Jane's Patisserie
Hot Cross Buns
  • 225 ml Whole Milk
  • 500 g Strong White Bread Flour
  • 65 g Caster Sugar
  • 8 g Dried Active Yeast/Fast Action Yeast
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • Zest of 1 Orange
  • 50 g Unsalted Butter (cold)
  • 200 g Raisins
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 30 g Flour
  • 30 ml Water
  • 1 tbsp Apricot Jam
  1. Warm your Milk in a pan till it's just steaming.

  2. In a bowl, add your Flour, Salt, Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Sugar, Yeast and Orange Zest - add in you Butter and rub between your fingers so the mixture resembles bread crumbs. 

  3. To the bowl, add your warmed milk, and the Eggs and Raisins and mix it all together. 

  4. Knead for 5-10 minutes until the mixture is smooth, elastic and springy to touch. I use my Kitchenaid with the Dough Hook! 

  5. Transfer to a clean but lightly oiled bowl, and cover the bowl with clingfilm. Leave to rise until doubled in size - usually takes 1-2 hours. 

  6. Once risen, remove from the boil and knead lightly on a floured surface to 'knock it back'. 

  7. Split evenly into 12 balls (Mine weighed 98g each) and add on to a lined tray with about a centremetre gap between the balls. 

  8. Cover with lightly oiled cling film, and leave to rise whilst your oven preheats to 200C/180C fan. I usually leave them 45-60 minutes! 

  9. Once at the temperature - whisk together the flour and water, and carefully pipe on to form the crosses.

  10. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 200C/180C Fan! 

  11. Once baked - brush lightly with apricot jam if you like them sticky and shiny and then leave to cool fully. 

Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Hot Cross Buns!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 228mg10%
Potassium 302mg9%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.