Sweet Hot Cross Buns



What else would be more appropriate for Easter than sweet Hot Cross Buns.

I know many of you have asked for Easter food ideas and believe me I have many up my recipe sleeve.

I like to create simple recipes for other to follow and this hot cross buns recipe is the last recipe you will ever need to make hot cross buns.

If you are looking for a savory dish Mr.CBB has a lovely Easter Dinner in the crock-pot which means more time for you to spend with guests and not in the kitchen.

One thing I enjoy about the holidays is that I try my best to pre-plan my meals and desserts so I’m not that mom who is in the kitchen.


Hot cross buns


Today I have another creation to add to your Easter recipes and one you could easily transform into a hot cross bun bread and butter pudding using my panettone bread and butter pudding recipe.

I was going to whip up my cinnamon bun recipe for all of you but I’ll save that one for later. I have been busy in the kitchen making treats for the kids including my Easter shortbread bunnies, rock cakes, muffins and hot cross buns for us to take on our adventures over the Easter break.

We are off to some friends for tea and as usual I asked if I could bring anything to the table, they said surprise us so I am making Hot Cross Buns a great sweet bread for an after dinner treat with a cuppa tea of course.

Easter is a great time to spend with friends and family and as most of our family is in Scotland we spend lots of time with our friends here in Canada celebrating. Our pot-luck dinner is on Good Friday so I will be taking my hubby’s twice baked potato skins with us.

It’s also a time where we see the shops enticing us all to buy Easter chocolate for the kids. Now don’t get me wrong I love chocolate but there is a limit on how much I eat.

I remember as a kid getting huge chocolate Easter eggs from my aunts and uncles which was far too much. We do a small Easter egg hunt for the kids which is nothing compared to what I used to get.

My kids aren’t big chocolate eaters anyways so it’s not a huge deal. They would rather enjoy a homemade recipe that we create together in the kitchen like the hot cross buns we made yesterday.

We have made all of our Easter cards during the spring break so they are finished and ready to send off to friends and family. It is so much cheaper than buying Easter cards in the shops especially if you buy crafts when they go on sale for next year.


hot cross buns

Sweet Hot Cross Buns
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If you are looking for a sweet Easter treat for friends and family this easy hot cross bun recipe is for you.
Recipe type: Easter recipe
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 16
  • 4 teaspoons (14g) dry yeast
  • ¼ cup (55g) caster sugar (extra fine)
  • 1 cup (250ml) warm milk
  • 4 cups (600g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 60g butter
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup (125ml) warm water
  • ¾ cup (110g) dried currants
  • ¼ cup (40g) mixed peel
  • 1 tablespoon apricot jam
  • Flour Paste
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar (extra fine)
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) water
  1. Combine yeast, sugar and milk in small bowl, whisk until yeast is dissolved.
  2. Cover bowl, stand in warm place for about 10 minutes or until mixture is frothy
  3. Sift flour and cinnamon into large bowl and rub in butter.
  4. Stir in yeast mixture, egg, water and fruit, cover, and let stand in a warm place for about 1 hour or until the mixture has doubled in size.
  5. Turn dough onto floured surface, knead for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic
  6. Divide dough into 16 portions, knead into balls.
  7. Place buns in greased 23cm square slab cake pan, stand in warm place for a further 20 minutes or until dough has risen to top of pan.
  8. Combine flour and sugar in a small bowl, gradually blend in water, stir until smooth.
  9. Place flour paste into piping bag or plastic bag with the corner snipped off. Pipe crosses onto buns.
  10. Bake in oven at 190oC for 10 mins then turn heat down and cook for a further 15 mins at 170oC.
  11. Turn hot buns onto wire rack
  12. Heat apricot jam in a small pan until melted then brush tops of buns whilst still warm to give a glaze.


  • Makes 16
  • Prep time 1hr 40 mins (including proofing of dough)
  • Cook Time 25 mins
  • Oven Temp 190oC for 10 mins then cut heat to 170oC for a further 15mins

What are some treats and dishes you make for Easter?

There you have it a delicious sweet Easter hot cross bun treat for you to have for your friends and family.

Enjoy Nicky



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  1. Hi Nicola! Looks yummy! What is flour paste? Thanks!

  2. Wow, that looks very delicious! Usually during Easter we made some puddings and other sweet foods

    • Nicola Don says:

      It’s a very easy recipe all you have to really wait for is the rising of the bread then the waiting for it to come out the oven. It made the house smell soooo good making more tmoz as they are all gone!

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