thread: Hot Cross Buns

  1. #1
    Registered User

    Feb 2006

    Smile Hot Cross Buns





    • 1 1/4 cups (310ml) milk
    • 3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar
    • 2 x 7g sachets dried yeast
    • 4 1/3 cups (650g) plain flour
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
    • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
    • 1 cup (190g) mixed dried fruit (optional)
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 100g unsalted butter, melted, cooled


    1. Stir milk and 1/3 cup sugar in a saucepan over low heat until lukewarm. Turn off heat. Stir in yeast, then stand on stovetop for 10 minutes or until mixture is foamy.
    2. Sift 4 cups flour, spices and 1/4 tsp salt into a bowl. Stir in fruit. Add yeast mixture, egg and butter then stir until mixture forms a dough. Knead on a floured surface for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Stand in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
    3. Divide dough into 16 pieces and shape into balls. Place in a greased 23cm square cake tin. Cover with plastic wrap then stand in a warm place for 30 minutes or until risen level with tin's rim.
    4. Preheat oven to 200C. Stir remaining flour, 1 tbs sugar and 1/4 cup water until smooth. Spoon into a piping bag then pipe crosses over buns. Bake for 10 minutes then reduce oven to 180C and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden and risen. Turn on to a wire rack to cool. Stir remaining 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tbs water in a saucepan over low-medium heat until sugar dissolves then bring to the boil. Brush hot syrup over top of buns. Serve.

  2. #2
    BellyBelly Member

    Nov 2005

    Oh yuummmm ....was thinking about trying to make these this easter. Just not sure if I could come close to bakers delight!

  3. #3
    Ex adm!n, quietly rusting....

    Feb 2004


  4. #4
    BellyBelly Member

    Nov 2006
    Atop the lookout...

    Re: Hot Cross Buns

    I am going to give this recipe a try. Made a AWW recipe yesterday, and just wasn't happy. To start with, the yeast didn't rise properly (i know, not the recipe's fault), so was a bit annoyed, then I didn't think about the instructions which said a "hot" oven.... 250 degrees plus..... And burnt the top of them. Plus, they just tasted like yeast (to me, anyway, the Man sais they had a strange taste, lol). There was another recipe I had jotted down from here, but I can't find it (and I really wanted to try it! Oh well).

    Anyone else baking hot cross buns?

  5. #5

    May 2008
    Melbourne, Vic

    Re: Hot Cross Buns

    Yeah I've made a few batches this Easter - two fails and one success. Like you - the yeast didn't rise in the two fails. No idea why. I'm using a TMX recipe though.