Hot Cross Buns
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Hot Cross Buns

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Serves 1 - 12

Hot cross buns, Hot cross buns, one ha' penny, two ha' penny, hot cross buns. If you have no daughters, give them to your sons, one ha' penny, two ha' penny, Hot Cross Buns These are the words from a children's song based on the hawking of bakers selling their products. Hot cross buns are sweet spiced buns, once sold only at Christmas and Easter time but nowadays available all year around

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  • 14g dried yeast or 30g fresh yeast
  • 500g white bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 tespoon mixed spices
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 40g butter
  • 200g sultana
  • Paste for crosses
  • 30g plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar


    1. In a bowl combine 2 teaspoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 125 ml warm water. Stir and leave in a warm draught-free place for 10 minutes. The mixture should be frothy and light if not try again because your yeast id dead.
    2. In another bowl sift the remaining flour, spices, add sugar and butter. Work with your fingertips and add the sultanas. Make a well in the centre and add the yeast mixture and 185 ml of warm water to make a soft dough. Dust with flour a surface and turn the dough over it. Knead for 5 minutes until smooth, adding more flour if needed. Place the dough in a floured bowl, cover with plastic wrap or with a dump tea towel. Leave the bowl in a warm place free of draughts for 30-40 minutes until doubled in size.
    3. Preheat the oven at 200 ºC. Turn the dough on a floured surface, knead to deflate. Shape in 12 balls. Places them on a greased baking tray touching each other. Leave for other 20 minute until doubled in size, keeping the in a warm place.
    4. To make the crosses: mix flour sugar and 2 tablespoons of water into a paste. Fill a piping bag and pipe crosses over the buns. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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10th Apr, 2020
First paragraph of recipe doesn’t make any sense. Noticing a lot of errors in the recipes these days.
29th Mar, 2018
Come on BBC Good Food, someone please proofread and correct this recipe. So many mistakes. Who wrote this?
25th Mar, 2016
This recipe was really good. Made three batches today with fresh yeast and they all turned out really well. I did add an extra 1/2 tablespoon of sugar and glazed with brown sugar syrup after cooking (while they were hot). I make hot cross buns nearly every year and try different recipes, I think this is my favourite now, thanks for sharing it.
21st Apr, 2014
These look great and taste great - really easy recipe and it's good to find one without eggs. It wasn't a problem for me that they'd left out specifically adding the yeast as it was obvious from the rest of the text that's what was required - and I'm experienced in making yeast based recipes - for a newbie it may be a problem I guess. I used water to make up the yeast and warm milk for the rest of the liquid to make it a bit richer. Glazed using water and sugar in equal amounts dissolved in a pan over heat, brushed it over after they came out of the oven. A big hit - yum.
15th Apr, 2014
Pity recipe hasn't been edited to include "add yeast" Recipe as stands is too wet - I would try 175ml water next time. Cooking time too is too long in a fan oven
10th Mar, 2014
Spelling and gramma is needed !! I don't own a dump teatowel ! LOL
25th Feb, 2013
You appear to have left out the yeast in your method.
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