Warm Soft Comforting Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns with a white cross in a tinfoil container

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We will soon be entering the festivities of Easter and those who are unable to find these buns in their parts can now bake themselves a dozen or two. Warm, soft, comforting tastes of home, South Africa.


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  • 4 cups Bread Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon All Spice
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Citrus Peels (freshly zested/candied)
  • 1/3 cup Raisins (optional)
  • 1/3 cup Sugar/Honey
  • 2 1/4 Teaspoon Yeast
  • 1 1/2 cup Warm Milk
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter (melted)
  • 2 Eggs (beaten)
  • Juice & zest of Citrus Fruit (blood oranges, grapefruit, mandarin, oranges, etc)


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


  • 5 Tbsp Flour
  • Water


Hot Cross Buns

Sift all the dry ingredients together.

In a bowl whisk the warm milk, eggs, butter, and yeast together.

Add to the dry ingredients and mix until a soft dough forms.

Remove from the bowl and knead it until a soft dough is formed.

Place dough in a lightly greased bowl.

Cover and place in a warm spot for about 90 minutes or until doubled in size.

Knock the dough down, portion and form into small balls.

Place closely to each other in a greased baking sheet.

Cover and let it rise again for 30 minutes.

Once risen, brush with egg then pipe the cross over the tops.

Bake at 180C / 350F for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with the glaze while warm.



Mix flour and water until a smooth paste is formed.


Citrus juice cooked with honey to a syrupy reduction then thickened with cornflour.



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