Easter Hot Cross Buns

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It’s Easter time and we are still on Lockdown. I made these with my Daughter Aoife and it was a lovely activity to do together. This recipe is adapted from Paul Hollywood, I changed the amount of yeast and the proofing times for a quarantine lockdown version which only uses 1g or 1/3 or a teaspoon of yeast. Gotta save our precious ingredients and make them go further, when we can’t get to the shops every day.

Neither of my kids like sultanas so I have replaced the traditional sultanas with chopped walnuts to add texture, but you can add any dried fruit or chopped nuts your family likes.

These Buns are perfect for easter Breakfast with a cappuccino or afternoon snack with a cup of tea. During this lockdown snack time is sooooo important ! Dieting during lockdown is definitely not happening in our house. Well at least we are having fun learning how to bake new recipes and adapting old ones with what we can find.

A little nerdy food fact about these buns, in England during Elizabethan times, the sale of spiced sweet baked goods such as these were Banned, except for funerals and Easter. And today they have become an Easter treat! The hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun usually made with fruit, marked with a cross on the top, and traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, India, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States and some parts of the Americas.

Easter Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns for Easter

This Recipe is adapted from Paul Hollywood wonderful recipe. This is the low yeast slow rise version and some adaptions to suit my kids who dont like sultanas.
Happy Easter!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting Time 7 hrs
Cuisine British, Irish


  • 75 g Sugar brown or white what ever you have handy
  • 1 whole Orange for zest
  • 300 ml Milk Full fat will have more flavour but low fat is fine
  • 50 g Butter or coconut oil / margarine / sunflower oil
  • 1 g Dried Yeast approx 1/3 of a teaspoon
  • 500 g Strong White Bread Flour
  • 1 Egg (Beaten)
  • 1 Apple – peeled, cored and finely choppe
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 40 g Orange Rind or mixed peel
  • 40 g Chopped Walnuts

For the Cross

  • 75 g Flour
  • 5 tbsp Water

For the Glaze

  • 3 tbsp Apricot or Peach Jam


  • In your blender place the sugar and orange zest and blend on turbo for 20 seconds.
  • Warm the milk in the microwave or pan just until it gets to 37 degrees or body temperature, just warm not too hot to touch. Then stir in the butter and the yeast and keep stiring until the butter has melted.
  • Now add the milk mixture to your blender with the sugar and zest in it, and mix together until combined.
  • Add the flour and the beaten egg, and mix for a few minutes with the dough hook if you have one, or just blend until a nice smooth dough is formed. Now you must knead the dough, so either keep in the mixer and blend for 5 mins or knead by hand. It is a very sticky wet dough so I find its easier in the mixer.
  • Remove from the mixer and place into a glass bowl and cover with cling film (make sure it is NOT touching the dough and there is plenty of space for the dough to rise to more than double its size. Leave to rest in a warm place on your kitchen counter for 5 hours or until it has doubled in size.
  • Uncover the dough and mix in the chopped Apple, Cinnamon, Chopped Orange Peel, and Chopped walnuts.
  • Divide the dough now into 75g portions and form nice round dough balls (check out my video on shaping bread rolls to see the method). Place on a large baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Cover lightly with a damp tea towel and leave to rise for another hour or more.
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  • Preheat the oven to 200C (Fan oven) 220C (static oven). Prepare the paste for making the cross, mix the 75g of white flour with 5 tablespoons of water. Place this paste into a piping bag (or freezer bag works too!). And pipe on the crosses onto each bun.
  • Bake for 20 minutes in the middle of the oven. Heat the apricot jam in the microwave. Remove the buns fro the oven and brush on the apricot jam while still warm. Leave to cool and enjoy !
Keyword Baking, cinnamon, dough, Easter, orange, Yeast

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