How to Make Traditional Hot cross bun - Recipe on FirstCry Parenting

Traditional Hot cross bun

You no more need to buy hot cross buns for one a penny or two a penny! You can very well make them at home with this easy recipe. Make your Easter worthwhile by creating these perfectly decorated fruit buns with this step-by-step recipe.

Serves Preparation Time Cooking Time
15 People 3 Hours, 30 Minutes  20 Minutes


  • 330 ml full-fat milk
  • 50 g butter
  • 500 g maida flour
  • 1 tsp(teaspoon) salt
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp(tablespoon) sunflower oil
  • 7 gm sachet fast-action or easy-blend yeast
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 75 gm sultanas zest
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

For the cross

  • 75 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

For the glaze

  • 3 tbsp apricot jam


Step 1

Boil milk, remove from the heat and add butter to it. Leave it to cool.

Step 2

Add the maida flour, salt, sugar and yeast into a bowl.

Step 3

Make a pit in the center. Pour in the milk and butter mixture, then add the egg.

Step 4

Using a wooden spoon, mix well.

Step 5

Knead with hands until you make a sticky dough.

Step 6

Lightly flour and knead the dough again. Repeat for 5 mins until smooth and elastic.

Step 7

Lightly oil a bowl and put the dough in it.

Step 8

Cover with oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Do a finger test.

Step 9

Add in the sultanas, orange zest, apple and cinnamon. Knead into the dough well so that everything is well distributed.

Step 10

Leave to rise for 1 more hour, like before.

Step 11

Divide the dough into 15 parts of similar size (about 75gm per piece).

Step 12

Roll each piece into a smooth ball on a lightly floured work surface.

Step 13

Line 1 or 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

Step 14

Arrange the buns on the trays in a manner that you leave enough space for the dough to expand.

Step 15

Cover with more oiled cling film, or a clean tea towel, then set aside to prove for 1 hour more.

Step 16

Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.

Step 17

For the cross, mix the flour with about 5 tbsp water to make the paste– add 1 tbsp water at a time, so you add just enough for a thick paste.

Step 18

Spoon into a piping bag with a small nozzle.

Step 19

Pipe a line along each row of buns, then repeat in the other direction to create crosses.

Step 20

Bake for 20 mins on the middle shelf of the oven, until golden brown.

Step 21

Gently melt the apricot jam by heating. Sieve to remove chunks, if any.

Step 22

While the jam is still warm, brush over the top of the warm buns and leave to cool.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 1 Bun (60 g)

Calories 190
Total Fat 3.6 g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g 7%
Calories from Fat 32
Carbohydrates 33 g 11%
Protein 6 g


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