15 Classic Hot Cross Buns Recipe

What should I make for dinner tonight? This might just be the number one question that we ask ourselves almost daily over here.

Then you have come to the right place, we have rounded up 15 classic hot cross buns recipe that we have shared over the years.

Plus, there is such a variety of flavours in these recipes, so you are sure to find something for you. Most of these recipes are quick and easy ones made especially for busy weeknights.

15 Classic Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Traditional Hot Cross Buns

40 min
Cinnamon, icing, raisins, sugar, active dry yeast
Taste of Home
Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

3 hr 45 min
Orange juice, dark brown sugar, bread flour, cinnamon, instant yeast
Sally’s Baking Addiction
Soft Classic Hot cross Buns

Soft Classic Hot cross Buns

1 hr 10 min
Orange juice, apricot jam, honey, cinnamon, eggs
The Flavor Bender
Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

2 hr 40 min
Apricot jam, golden raisins, cinnamon, orange zest, instant yeast
Food & Wine Magazine
Hot Cross Buns recipe

Hot Cross Buns recipe

2 hr 45 min
Apricot jam, low fat, bread flour, rapid rise yeast, oranges
RecipeTin Eats
Classic Hot Cross Buns

Classic Hot Cross Buns

3 hr 30 min
Earl grey tea, vanilla bean paste, bread flour, golden raisins, cinnamon
Cloudy Kitchen
Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

2 hr 20 min
Egg white, powdered sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder
The Pioneer Woman
Best-Ever Hot Cross Buns

Best-Ever Hot Cross Buns

3 hr 35 min
Powdered sugar, butter, cinnamon, lemon zest, active dry yeast
classic hot cross buns

classic hot cross buns

5 hr
No reviews
Canadian Living
Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns

50 min
Apple, apricot jam, orange, bread flour, butter
BBC Good Food
Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Traditional Hot Cross Buns

25 min
Mix, bread flour, butter, cinnamon, eggs
Foodness Gracious
Classic Hot Cross Buns

Classic Hot Cross Buns

No reviews
The Happy Foodie
Hot Cross Buns - Vintage Recipe from 1950

Hot Cross Buns – Vintage Recipe from 1950

48 min
Hot cross bun, spelt flour, white rice flour, honey, milk
Melissa K. Norris
Classic hot cross buns

Classic hot cross buns

40 min
Brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, milk, plain flour
No reviews
Gourmet Traveller
Easy Hot Cross Buns

Easy Hot Cross Buns

2 hr 45 min
Apricot jam, white bread flour, butter, orange peel, cinnamon
The Spruce Eats

What are the traditional types of hot cross buns?

  • Hot cross cinnamon buns. …
  • Cheesy hot cross buns. …
  • Hot cross bun cupcakes. …
  • Chocolate checkerboard hot cross buns. …
  • Hot cross cookies. …
  • Chocolate chip hot cross buns. …
  • Hot cross bun ring with spiced honey butter. …
  • Hot cross bread & lemon pudding.

Why are my hot cross buns so dry?

There can be a few different reasons why the crust could be hard, but often it comes from the oven being too hot. If you oven temperature is correct then this is less likely, though if it is a conventional oven then make sure you bake the buns on the middle shelf of the oven and not on a high shelf.

Why are my hot cross buns not soft?

Make sure the work surface doesn’t have any flour to allow the dough to tighten into a smooth ball. Place each of the dough balls on the prepared baking pan, in a 3 x 5 configuration. Leave about ½ – ¾ inch of space between the dough balls. Cover the hot cross buns, and let them proof for the final time.

How do you make hot cross buns?

Why were hot cross buns banned?

Many still debate the motivations behind the ban to this day. According to The Smithsonian, the queen and her court considered them “too special to be eaten any other day”. Historical records claim that Brits found a work around by baking the buns in their own homes.

What spices to put in hot cross buns?


  1. 4 cups bread flour.
  2. 2 gram x 7 envelopes of dried yeast.
  3. 1/4 cup sugar.
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon.
  5. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.
  6. 1 teaspoon ground cloves.
  7. Pinch of salt.
  8. 1 cup raisins.

How do you get the soft crust on hot cross buns?

You can get a slightly softer crust by omitting the egg wash just before baking and using some extra melted butter instead. However this will give the surface of the buns a dull appearance, rather than the traditional shiny exterior.

How long do you knead hot cross buns?

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Make the bread dough.
  2. Knead the dough for 2 minutes.
  3. Cover the dough and let it rise. …
  4. Punch down the dough to release the air, then shape into rolls.
  5. Let the rolls rise for about 1 hour.
  6. Pipe the crosses on top.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Top with orange icing.

Should I soak fruit for hot cross buns?

First, soak your raisins and sultanas in boiling water from the kettle for 10 minutes, drain and set aside to cool. If you are well organised, soak them overnight in just enough cold water to cover and drain.

What makes hot cross buns heavy?

There could be a number of reasons why your hot cross buns turn out heavy or even hard. The most common reasons are as follows: Over kneading – this is more likely to happen if you use an electric mixer and dough hook. If you over knead dough it will break down the glutens and make the buns hard.

Do I need bread flour for hot cross buns?

1 1/2 cups (375ml) milk, warm , full fat or low fat (Note 2) 4 1/4 cups (640g) bread flour (or plain / all purpose) (Note 3) 2 tsp cinnamon powder.

Should hot cross bun dough be sticky?

The hot cross bun dough is very sticky, especially at the start. To aid the kneading process, Mar suggests sieving a thin layer of additional plain flour onto the board and over the top of the dough. Having slightly wet hands also helps.

What is the white stuff on top of hot cross buns?

Pipe flour paste over tops of buns to form crosses. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until buns are cooked through. Make glaze: Place water (1/3 cup water) and sugar (2 tbsp caster sugar) into a small saucepan over low heat.

Are hot cross buns healthy?

And here’s the thing – you have a dietitian’s word for it – hot cross buns are neither unhealthy nor healthy – they’re neutral. They’re just a food. And you only eat and enjoy them at one time of the year, so there’s absolutely zero point feel guilty about sinking your teeth into the perfect bun.

How long do hot cross buns last?

Homemade hot cross buns will last in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 3 days and in the freezer for up to 2 months. If freezing, wrap hot cross buns individually in baking paper, so you can remove and thaw the portions that you require.

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