Hot Cross Buns


I obtained this recipe from an old friend last year, but it was after Easter, so I didn’t try it. I decided though that it is a must for this year!

Originally eaten by the Saxons to honor their goddess Eostre the buns are marked with a cross as it is believed the bun represented the moon and the cross the moon’s quarters. To Christians, the cross symbolizes the crucifixion

They were very delicious, but took forever to make, so definitely will only be a once a year creation for me. Having said that, these buns were a HUGE hit with the kids especially & they keep asking me for more hot cross buns

  • 500g Strong Bread Flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 75g Caster Sugar
  • 7g Dried Yeast
  • 150ml Milk
  • 150ml Water
  • 200g Sultanas
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 75g Plain Flour

For Glaze:

  • 50g Sugar
  • 50g Water

In a large bowl, mix together the bread flour, salt, sugar & yeast. Combine together the milk & water & slowly add enough of the milk & water mixture in order to achieve a pliable dough

Tip the dough out on a lightly floured surface & knead well for 5 minutes, then put the dough back into the bowl, cover & allow to rise for 1 hour

Incorporate the sultanas into the dough & allow to rise for another hour

Lightly grease a baking sheet. Divide the dough into 75g pieces & roll into balls. Place on the baking sheet, cover & allow to rise for a further hour

Preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C/Gas Mark 7

Using the 75g plain flour & enough water to make a smooth but thick paste, pipe crosses onto the tops of the buns

Bake the buns for 25 minutes, or until golden brown

Combine the sugar & water to make the glaze & brush liberally over the buns & serve immediately

Hot Cross Buns

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About intheiversonkitchen

My husband, James & I have been married since 2007 & have 4 little ones, Rhys, Anwyn, Llewelyn & Aled. I love to cook & love to try new dishes, so decided to share with the world what happens in my kitchen & in other areas of my home. I hope you enjoy! Please feel free to make comments or suggestions, I welcome them all!
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