Baker Tom’s Hot Cross Bun Recipe

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!

Hot Cross Buns

Organic Hot Cross Buns

Total: 2 Hours

Prep time: 30 Minutes

Cooking time: 25 Minutes

Makes: 10


For the buns

14g fresh yeast or 7g dried yeast

400g Bread flour

200g Warm milk

55g Sugar

5g Salt

6g Mixed spice

50g Softened butter

50g Mixed peel

100g raisins

1 egg


For the cross

50g Flour

50g Water


For the glaze

30g Sugar

30g Water




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!