Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns

These hot cross buns with raisins are an Easter classic that can't be missing from your Easter brunch table!


  • Total3h35
  • Prep20min
  • Setting3h
  • Cooking15min


Ingredients (Serving 6)

  • 250 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 50 g butter
  • 470 g + 4 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 12 g instant yeast
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 60 g raisins
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3,5 tbsp water


Step by step

  1. Heat up the milk to 40°C. Remove from heat, add butter and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Place 470 g flour, yeast, salt and caster sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix on speed 1 for 30 seconds. Add the milk mixture and one egg. Knead on speed 1 for 5 minutes.
  3. Place the dough in an oiled bowl. Cover with a clean towel and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  4. Add raisins and cinnamon to the dough and mix till incorporated. Cover with a fresh towel and let rise for another hour.
  5. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape smooth balls and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Cover with a fresh towel and let rise for another hour.
  6. Mix 4 tbsp of flour with 3.5 tbsp of water to make thick paste. If the mix is too liquid, add a bit more flour. Place in a piping bag and make a cross on each bun.
  7. Bake in a 210°C preheated oven for about 15 minutes.