Hot Cross Buns

I love making hot cross buns on Good Friday and delivering a basket full to good friends. I wanted to share two great recipes for you to try this year. They are super easy and absolutely delicious warmed up with some honey butter. You won’t regret the work that goes into these little bundles of raisiny goodness.

This recipe comes from and it has been my favorite recipe to date. Be sure to click the link below so you can check out the great site as well as get the complete recipe. I used 8 packets of yeast which equals approximately 2 ounces but the recipe says to use seven. Your choice there but I also love the yeasty taste in bread. This recipe adds some spice which is the more traditional way to go. They are perfect.

Traditional Spiced Easter Hot Cross Buns

Sweet and spicy hot cross buns

Hot Cross Buns

Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 12


  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 gram x 7 envelopes of dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup sultanas
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 eggs beaten

For the cross

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 6 Tablespoons water
  • Mix the flour and water together to form a thick smooth paste.

For the glaze

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar


For the buns

  1. Preheat the oven to 385 degrees F. Butter a 13 x 9 inch cookie tray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour, yeast, sugar, spices, salt, raisins and sultanas together. In a small pan melt the butter and add the milk to it. Heat until lukewarm and pour into the flour mixture.
  3. Add the beaten eggs on top and mix until the dough forms a ball, coming away from the sides of the bowl. Lightly grease the bowl with olive oil and set aside.
  4. Dump the dough onto a flour dusted work top and work it into a nice round ball. Place back into the large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit for about 1 1/2 hours and doubled in size.
  5. Once the dough has risen, dump it back out onto the table. Knock all of the air out of it and divide it into 12 equal parts. Roll each piece of dough into a ball and place on the buttered baking sheet, seam side down until you have a 4 x 3 formation.
  6. Cover loosely with plastic and let rest for about another two hours until well risen and the balls are butting up against each other.

For the cross

  1. Once the buns are ready for the oven make the flour cross mixture.
  2. Add it to a small zip lock bag and snip the corner from it. Use this to pipe the long lines from one end of the buns to the other. Turn it around and line the buns again creating the cross shape.
  3. Place them in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown on top.

For the glaze

  1. As they are baking make the syrup glaze. Bring to a boil in a small pan and simmer for about two minutes. Once they come out of the oven, glaze liberally at once with the syrup and let cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Serve warm with butter.

Not everyone loves traditional recipes. You don’t have to miss out on the cross bun love! Try these Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns fro The Girl Creative- full of chocolate goodness and an absolutely delicious change to the traditional bun recipe.

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns




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