An Easter Treat: Hot Cross Buns!

Easter is a great time to enjoy with friends or family.  Here is a great recipe for a favorite of mine!  Hot cross buns are a must-have during Easter where I grew up in New Zealand.  They are delicious warm with butter!

Hot Cross Buns


  • 4 cups white bread flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 ½ tbsp butter, chopped into cubes
  • 1 ¼ cups mixed dried fruit
  • 2 ¼ tsp dried yeast
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 eggs

For the crosses & glaze

  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • honey or golden syrup, for brushing


Add the flour to a bowl and stir in the salt, mixed spice and sugar.

Rub in the butter. Stir in the dried fruit, then sprinkle over the yeast and stir in. Warm the milk for a couple of seconds. Beat with the eggs, then pour into the dried ingredients.

Using a blunt knife, mix the ingredients to a moist dough, then leave to soak for 5 mins. Take out of the bowl and cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.

Shape the dough into buns on a floured surface. Space apart on a baking sheet, cover loosely with cling film, then leave in a warm place until half again in size. This will take 45 mins-1 hr 15 mins, depending on how warm the room is.

When the buns are risen, heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the flour with 2 tbsp water to make a paste. Pour into a plastic food bag and make a nick in one of the corners. Pipe crosses on top of each bun.

Bake for 12-15 mins until risen and golden. Brush with with honey or golden syrup.


This recipe was inspired by the BBC recipe but adapted for US measurements by Mindy!



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