Hot cross buns on a cooling rack and hot cross buns on a plate buttered

Hot cross buns

30 Mar 2023


Hot cross buns are the perfect breakfast treat for the whole family. Follow this simple recipe to show off your baking skills.

Suitable for Gluten-free | Dairy-free
Serves 12
Prep time  30 minutes (plus proving)
Cook time 25 minutes


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Step 1
Place the almond milk and sunflower spread in a pan and heat gently until spread dissolves. Remove from the heat and leave to cool until hand hot (approx. 37ºC).

Step 2
Sift the flour into a warmed mixing bowl with the mixed spice, then stir in the yeast, sugar and salt.

Step 3
Whisk the egg into the cooled milk mixture then make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the liquid.

Step 4
Mix well to bring the mixture together and form a ball. Don’t knead. Lift into a clean, lightly oiled bowl, cover loosely with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size.

Step 5
Tip the sultanas, mixed peel and orange zest on to the dough and work in to the mixture. Divide into 12 equal-sized balls and shape into buns using lightly floured hands. (As a guide they should weigh roughly 80g each.)

Step 6
Set them well apart on to 2 non-stick baking trays, cover loosely with oiled cling film and leave to rise for another hour in a warm place.

Step 7
Heat the oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan/gas 7. Mix the flour for the cross with enough water to form a paste, spoon into a disposable piping bag, snip off the end and pipe a cross on top of each bun.

Step 8
Bake for 20–25 minutes until golden and a crust has formed.

Step 9
Remove from the oven, immediately brush with honey to glaze, and allow to cool on a wire rack.

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