These traditional Easter treats are so easy to make. The dough is flavoured with spices, fruit and sugar, giving that delicious combination of sweet and savoury, finished with a sticky glaze. Just don’t be put off by the number of ingredients – this classic Easter treat is simple!
Total: 2 Hours
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cooking time: 25 Minutes
For the buns
14g fresh yeast or 7g dried yeast
400g Bread flour
200g Warm milk
6g Mixed spice
50g Softened butter
50g Mixed peel
For the cross
For the glaze
Place the flour, sugar, yeast, salt, mixed spice into a mixing bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mix until it resembles bread crumbs.
Add the mixed peel and raisins into the bowl and make a well in the middle of the mixing bowl.
Mix the milk and eggs and place into the flour mix.
Mix all the ingredients to form a sticky dough and knead well for 8 - 10 minutes until it forms a dough and is no longer sticky.
Rest for an hour and cover with a tea towel or cling film.
Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces and mould into round balls.
Pre heat oven to 200 oc or 400 f.
Place onto a baking tray and leave to rise for 1 - 1.5 hours.
To make the cross, mix the flour and water and mix to form a paste resembling double cream. Pipe crosses onto your buns
Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown.
While the buns are baking, start making the sticky glaze - place the water and sugar into a sauce pan and boil for 3 minutes until it thickens.
Glaze the hot cross buns and enjoy!