Breakfast/Brunch, Seasonal, Sweet Treats, Yummy Recipes

Punch That Dough! : Hot Cross Buns

Here’s the traditional Hot Cross Bun Recipe I made yesterday.  Apologies for my laziness on this one but I’m just going to link you to the instructions for this recipe.  It’s a recipe and you can find it here.  The photos are still helpful to see how yours should look throughout the stages but I know it’s not ideal!

The only changes I made was to omit 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 anything sweet).  I also scored them 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 do apologise for not doing a proper post of these, I might head back and edit it with a step-by-step when I get a chance.  I’m a little swamped with the kids all home for Easter Holidays so time is a little limited (eek!).



  • 1 and 1/2 cups (375ml) of Warm Milk (if you can hold your finger in it for a count of 5 comfortably then you’re fine)
  • 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
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 4 cups of Plain Strong Bread Flour
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 3 teaspoons of Mixed Spice

(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)

  • 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)


For Egg Wash:

  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tap 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)



Head over to the Original Recipe for Instructions or just check out my pretty, pretty buns and thank your lucky stars you can buy them from the grocery store and don’t have to knead the heck out of dough (hooray!).



6 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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