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Hot Cross Buns Diabetic Friendly

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One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross buns! Hot Cross Buns Diabetic Friendly and made with pure honey.

Hot Cross Buns

A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun usually made with fruit, marked with a cross on the top, and has been traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, India, Pakistan, and the United States

Yield: 12 buns

Hot Cross Buns Diabetic Friendly

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Hot Cross Buns are delicious sweet rolls, lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and studded with raisins, and citrus peel. The glaze is also made from Citrus fruit.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Bake Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes



  • 4 cups Bread Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tbsp. All Spice
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • ½ Cup Citrus Peels
  • 1/3 Cup Raisins (optional)
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar/Honey
  • 2¼ tsp. Yeast
  • 1½ Cup Warm Milk
  • 4 tbsp. Butter (melted)
  • 2 Eggs (beaten)


  • 5 tbsp. Flour
  • Water


  • Citrus juice
  • Honey
  • 1 tsp. corn flour



  1. Sift all the dry ingredients together. In a bowl whisk the warm milk, eggs, butter, and yeast together.
  2. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until a soft dough forms.
  3. Remove from the bowl and knead it until a soft dough is formed.
  4. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl.
  5. Cover and place in a warm spot for about 90 minutes or until doubled in size.
  6. Knock the dough down, portion and form it into small balls.
  7. Place closely to each other on a greased baking sheet.
  8. Cover and let it rise again for 30 minutes.
  9. Once risen, brush with egg then pipe the cross over the tops.
  10. Bake at 180C for 20-25 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and brush with the glaze while warm.
  12. Enjoy!!

* Diabetic Friendly. I used pure honey, freshly grated peels, and fewer raisins, and the glaze was made with the juice from the citrus fruit *


  1. Mix until a smooth paste is formed.


  1. Citrus juice is cooked with honey to a syrupy reduction and then thickened with 1
    a teaspoon of corn flour.


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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 298Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 44mgSodium 265mgCarbohydrates 52gFiber 2gSugar 15gProtein 8g

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History of the Hot Cross bun and its relation to Good Friday

This sweet yeast bread studded with candied fruit and raisins has roots dating back centuries

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