Missing hot cross buns? Here’s how to make your own at home

Prep time
20 mins
Cook time
30 mins
12 buns


    For the Easter buns:

  • ¾ cup lukewarm water
  • ¾ cup lukewarm milk of choice
  • 3 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2½ cups bread flour
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp all-spice
  • ½ cup raw cane sugar
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup finely grated carrots
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • ¼ cup raw walnuts, chopped
    For the apricot glaze:

  • 1 tbsp apricot jam
  • 2 -3 tsp water
    For the cross:

  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 4-5 tbsp water

How to make:

  1. In a jug or bowl, combine the lukewarm water and milk with the yeast and set aside for 5 minutes or until the mixture is foamy.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flours, sea salt, cinnamon, all-spice and sugar.
  3. When the yeast mixture is ready, add the oil and grated carrot, sultanas and walnuts and lightly stir before adding the wet mixture to the dry ingredients.
  4. Combine the ingredients with a spoon until it begins to come together and then use your hands to work the dough until it comes together in a large mass. Lightly dust your kitchen bench with flour and turn the dough out onto it.
  5. Knead the dough, adding a touch of flour at a time to reduce the stickiness for around 8 minutes or until dough is soft and smooth.
  6. Line a slice pan with baking paper. Divide the dough into 12 equal balls and place them on a lined baking tray with a small space between each ball. Cover the buns with a damp tea towel and set aside to proof for 1.5 hours.
  7. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  8. Combine apricot jam and water in a bowl to create the glaze. After an hour and a half, take the buns and brush each one with a good amount of the apricot glaze.
  9. Mix flour and water together in a small bowl until smooth, adding a little more water if the paste is too thick. Spoon into a small zip-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner of bag. Pipe flour paste over tops of buns to form crosses.
  10. Place the buns in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until a deep golden.
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