Breakfast/Brunch, Seasonal, Sweet Treats, Yummy Recipes

Punch That Dough! : Hot Cross Buns

Here’s the traditional Hot Cross Bun Recipe I made yesterday. This was originally a recipe that they have since removed from their website.

The only changes I made: I omitted the floury crosses added before baking (I find them tough and tasteless) and replaced them with either no crosses or the icing crosses after they’ve cooled.  I also used an egg wash on them before baking (rather than the sweet apricot jam glaze after).  I scored mine with a sharp knife in a cross shape to give me a guide for my Frosting Crosses but this extra step didn’t work out as planned so it’s totally up to you how you ‘dress’ yours.

I’m a little swamped with the kids all home for Easter Holidays so time is a little limited (eek!) so here goes.


For Dough:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (375ml) of warm Milk (if you can hold your finger in it for a count of 5 comfortably then temp is fine) – I’ve substituted with Oat Milk and Soy Milk
  • 2 teaspoons (7g or 1 sachet) of Easy/Quick Dried Yeast
  • 1/4 cup of Caster (Super-Fine) Sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Butter, melted – I’ve substituted with Coconut Oil
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 4 cups of Plain Strong Bread Flour (plus extra for kneading)
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 3 teaspoons of Mixed Spice
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of Dried Fruit (traditionally: Sultanas, Raisins, Currants and Mixed Peel OR add something like dried blueberries of dried cranberries for something a bit different)

* If you don’t have Mixed Spice in your area you can use Pumpkin Pie Spice OR mix: 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground coriander, 1/4 tsp of ground allspice, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg and a pinch of ground cloves

For Egg Wash:

  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 Tablespoons of Water

For the Frosting Crosses (to be applied after they’re baked and cooled):

  • 1 cup (heaped) of Icing (Confectioners) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1-2 dessert spoons of milk (or water)



1/ To your warm milk, add 1 tablespoon of the sugar, stir and then sprinkle your yeast on top.  Set this aside somewhere warm for approximately 10 minutes (it will bubble as the yeast activates)

2/ In a large mixing bowl combine 4 cups of flour, the mixed spice, salt and remaining sugar.  Fold through the dried fruit.

3/ Once the yeast is activated combine the milk mixture, whisked eggs and melted butter

4/ Make a well in the center and pour in the liquid ingredients as you gently stir with a wooden spoon.  Use your hands to pull the dough together.

5/ Flour down a clean surface (like your kitchen counter) and place your dough out and knead for 10 to 15 minutes or until it becomes smooth and stretchy.  Sprinkle extra flour whenever you need to.

6/ Place the dough ball back in the bowl and cover with a tea towel and leave somewhere warm to sit for an hour (or until the ball doubles in size)

7/ Preheat your oven to 200C (390F) and grease a baking tray.

8/ Turn dough back out onto your floured counter and knead for a further 5 minutes (or until it is stretchy and smooth)

9/ Cut your dough into 16 evenly sized pieces and shape into balls.  Arrange dough balls onto your greased tray and set aside in a warm spot for 30 more minutes (they should have risen by about an inch).


10/ Make up your egg wash by whisking the egg and water together.  Brush the egg wash on top of your buns with a pastry brush.

11/ Place in your preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes before lowering the heat to 180C (360F) and baking for 20 more minutes (should be cooked through and nice and golden on top)


12/ Place on a rack to cool (or eat warm out of the oven!).  Allow to cool completely.


13/ Make up the frosting crossed by combining the frosting ingredients together, placing in a sandwich bag with the corner snipped (or in a proper piping bag) and pipe your frosting in crosses on top of the cooled buns


7 thoughts on “Punch That Dough! : Hot Cross Buns”

  1. I’m telling you, your family is very lucky to have you! In years to come your boys will look back on these holidays and remember the smells and goodies you’ve made from scratch. You would hope they find a nice girl who has the same morals and traditions.This is a lost art as far as I can see. I have to admit I have a bread machine that does all this neat kneading. All I have to do is, after the kneading is done, dump the dough into a bowl and let it rise. I’m so lazy, but it gets the same results. But I never thought of doing Hot Cross Buns. I’m inspired.


    1. naaw thanks Irene 🙂 I hope they appreciate the little things like home-made easter buns as they grow older, it might make up for me slacking off in other areas over the years (we haven’t done proper bedtime stories since Master 6 was 3 and it preys on my mind (the guilt monster) but by bedtime I’m just dying to get them out of my hair most nights). Oh I’d love a bread machine! You lucky thing, you! I’m dying for a food processor too, I think it would open up a whole lot of fiddly recipes I can’t be bothered chopping up ingredients for.

      They do make the house smell delicious. I might be guilty of cracking a kitchen window just to make the neighbours jealous 😉


      1. I don’t recall my parents reading to me before bed. But I remember other things they used to do for me. So don’t let it get to you too much.
        Try a thrift shop for a bread machine. There’s always one or two that come in at the ones in my area. I’d send you one but we run on a different electrical outlet than you do.


        1. That’s a good idea! I guess it’s one of those machine’s that a lot of people either get as an unwanted gift or buy for themselves and then down the track realise they’ve never used it! I’ll have to have a look around 🙂


    1. Thanks cookiemomma! I’d totally share some with you…if we hadn’t eaten them all already 😉

      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment 🙂


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