Flaouna-style hot cross buns

Flaouna-style hot cross buns

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins - 30 mins plus 1 hr rising and 1 hr proving



A flaouna-style hot cross bun for a Cypriot twist on our favourite Easter bake. Add halloumi cheese and a sprinkling of sesame seeds for a flavour sensation

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal488
  • fat14g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs71g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre3g
  • protein18g
  • salt2.22g
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  • 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon



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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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  • 250g halloumi, chopped into chunks



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  • 150g raisins
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint



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  • 1 beaten egg



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  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 50g plain flour


  1. Mix the bread flour, yeast, sugar, cinnamon, oil, 2 tsp sea salt and 350ml warm water in a bowl with a spoon first, and then with your hands. Add the halloumi, raisins and mint and continue to knead (or use a mixer fitted with a dough hook) for around 10 mins until it feels less sticky. Shape into a ball, return to the bowl and cover. Leave to rise for about 1 hr or until doubled in size (or leave in the fridge overnight).

  2. Knock the air out of the dough. On a floured surface, shape into eight buns. Put the buns on a baking tray lined with baking parchment (no more than 2cm apart) and prove somewhere warm for 1 hr or until well risen.

  3. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Brush the bun tops with egg. Sprinkle on the sesame seeds. Mix the plain flour with water to make a paste, transfer to a piping bag and pipe crosses on top. Bake for 25-30 mins or until golden and risen. Serve warm.

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28th Oct, 2017
Easy to follow recipe, buns are tasty and a little different than normal hot cross buns. However the dough was way too sticky and wet with the amount of flour they suggested so had to add quite a lot more flour. Also you can’t taste the halloumi so feels a little pointless adding it and you can’t taste the cinnamon so feels again pointless adding that in. Over all though they are really tasty and would definitely make again.
24th Apr, 2017
Sounds horrible!
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