Easy Hotcross Bun Recipe

Family Baking

Get the Family together and try your hand at a spot of Easter Baking! We’ve found this easy-to-do Hot Cross Bun Recipe - an activity the whole family can enjoy!



1 tablespoon dried yeast
¼ Cup caster sugar
1 Cup (250mL) warm milk
4 Cups plain flour (bread flour)
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Teaspoon all spice
60g Butter, chopped
½ Cup raisins
½ Cup sultanas
½ cup Warm water
1 Egg, lightly beaten
1 Tablespoon apricot jam

For the "cross": ½ Cup plain flour
1 tablespoon caster sugar
80ml Warm water



Mix the yeast, sugar and milk in a small bowl. Whisk until the yeast dissolves. Cover with plastic wrap, and let stand in a warm place for 10 minutes or until mixture is frothy.

In the meantime sift flour, cinnamon and all spices into a large bowl and rub in butter. Stir in yeast mixture, currants, sultanas, egg and water. Cover with plastic wrap and stand in a warm place for 1 hour or until mixture has doubled in size.

Grease a deep 23cm square tin with butter. Turn dough onto a floured surface (you can let the kids help you punch the air out) and knead for 5 minutes. Divide dough into 16 pieces, form into balls and place in the tin. Stand in warm place for 20 minutes or until dough has doubled in size. Preheat oven to 180°C.

Prepare the flour paste by combining the flour and sugar in a bowl; gradually blend in enough water to form a thickish smooth paste. Spoon paste into a piping bag with a small plain tube or use a snap lock bag and cut off a tiny corner. Pipe crosses onto buns—four long lines vertically and then horizontally across each row of buns.

Bake the buns for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 160°C for 20 minutes. Put them onto a wire rack and brush with warm jam. Then enjoy when cool!

You can find all these delicious ingredients or just buy your own buns at Pick'n Pay!