Hot Cross Buns

Time to make :  3 hours Prep to Table

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Hot cross buns

Growing up we all learnt this nursery rhyme . It’s so significant today ,  if we were going to church , the priest after Maundy Thursday mass would have been distributing Hot cross buns . Normally to be eaten the next day on Good Friday . Hot cross buns are spicy & sweet made  with fruit or raisins traditionally marked with a cross on top. It normally marks the end of lental season .

Most bakeries especially in smaller towns  will bake them one day before Good Friday and deliver them to your doorstep ( without a lockdown ) . The picture on the blog is of hot cross bun in Jabalpur. My uncle Albert had bought these for Good friday in 2017.  . It’s the last time we spent time with him. It’s in his honor and memory I make these . The buns either have fruit  or  raisins or have tutty frutty in them adding a little flavor but I will confess of digging  out  the raisins before eating them .( Mom gets the raisins in her plate ) . I changed this recipe from the original , Firstly used part Whole Wheat flour (atta) and all purpose flour and I did my own flavoring of all spice  , raisins and blueberries

It’s a simple recipe . I did make the mistake of not kneading it enough , but really happy  with the outcome .


  • 2 cups Whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon Active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons Warm water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 100 gms Amul  butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 100 grams raisins
  • 50 grams blueberry
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons All spice *

(* For All spice : Ground 10gms each of  Cinnamon , Cloves, Cardamon , Nutmeg together)

For the  flour paste

  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon warm milk


  • In a bowl , Mix the lukewarm water and yeast. Let it sit until dissolve for about 5 minutes. Mix for about another minute .
  • Soak the raisins and the dried blueberries in some hot water and keep aside
  • In another bowl  mix warmed  milk, with butter , sugar, salt . Stir well till the butter is  mixed  and melted  . Once the mixture has cooled add a half of the  whisked  egg into this  .
  • Add the  yeast mixture to the milk and egg mixture and whisk .
  • In large bowl , Mix the wheat flour , flour ( maida ) , all spice  and whisk with a folk .( I used a folk to mix my dough. )
  • Poured in my milk egg mixture into the flour and mixed till this was combined  ( like you would make atta for rotis ) .  I poured this out on a flat surface and kneaded it till mix well .
  • Flattened the dough and added the raisins and blueberries and folded the dough.
  • Placed this dough into a greased large bowl. Cover  with a cloth , leave it for 1 to 2 hours or until doubled.
  • One risen or doubled in quantity , punch this down ,  take out the same and divide  into equal parts  forming buns  and rest it on the baking sheet for 20 mins .
  • Once the buns are risen , brush on a egg wash .
  •  For making the Flour paste – Mix the flour and sugar with milk  to make the paste for the cross  Add a spoon of milk at time to ensure a thickness of the paste . I made the crosses on the buns by spooning the paste over it .
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 C degrees . Bake until the crust is deep golden brown and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped, 35  minutes ( approx )

Take this out and let them cool .

These are best eaten warm .

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Jacquie says:

    Try it , it’s great surprised by the taste

  2. They look so tempting, I haven’t tried hot bun but your buns make me curious to bake them soon.

  3. Jacquie says:

    Thank you so much .

  4. Very informative post. Extremely simple recipe, well explained.
    #DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter #BlogchatterA2Z

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