Hot Cross Buns

A family favourite, create traditional hot cross buns with this easy to follow recipe.
  • By Breville
Ready Time
Serves   makes 10 buns
Ready Time
  makes 10 buns


  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 150 ml milk
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon All Spice
  • 1 egg
  • 400g plain flour
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 100g chopped dates
  • 50g mixed peel
  • Egg wash – 1 beaten egg

Flour cross 

  • 4 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 5 tablespoons hot water


  1. Pre-heat oven to 210 degrees Celsius.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat with the milk, zest and All Spice – set side to cool. Once cooled, whisk in the egg with a fork until all combined.
  3. Assemble mixer using the dough hook. Sift the flour into the mixer bowl. Turn mixer to FOLDING / KNEADING setting. Add in the yeast, ginger, cinnamon, peel and dates. Mix briefly until combined.
  4. Add the cooled milk/egg mix to the bowl of dry ingredients and knead until elastic. Turn out onto a floured bench and knead dough for a further few minutes by hand.
  5. Place the ball of dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover with cling film. Leave in a warm spot for about an hour or so, until it has approx. doubled in size.
  6. After it has rested, hand knead it again for another 5 or so minutes.
  7. Cut the ball of dough in half and then cut each half into 5, leaving you a total of 10 pieces of dough, roll into balls.
  8. Put the 10 balls onto a baking paper lined tray about 1cm apart and cover with a kitchen towel for 1/2 and hour.
  9. After 1/2 an hour brush each bun with egg wash and then using a disposable piping bag (or a plastic sandwich bag with the tip chopped off) pipe on the flour cross (made from combining all flour cross ingredients in a bowl until you get a thick paste…. if too thin, add flour, if too thick, add water.)
  10. Bake for 15 minutes (or until golden – I overcooked mine a tad in the pictures below!)

The photograph and recipe was contributed to Food Thinkers by Phoodie.



  • Shirley Scott Thursday, 13 April 2017

    your hot cross bun recipe sounds good but i would like to have seen it as a glutten free recipe and mixed in the Breville bread maker. thank you

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