Glazed hot cross buns

Glazed hot cross buns



  • 4 cups (600g) plain flour
  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup (60g) brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • pinch of ground cardamom and ground coriander
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk, lukewarm
  • 2 tbsp orange marmalade, chopped
  • 40g unsalted butter, softened
  • 250g sultanas/raisins/currants
  • 30g mixed peel


  • plain flour
  • icing sugar
  • water


  • 1/2 cup (115g) caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water


Mix flour, yeast, sugar, spices and salt in a large bowl.

Whisk eggs, milk and marmalade together and pour into the flour mixture to form a sticky dough.

Knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes until elastic. Add softened butter and knead for a further 5 minutes until smooth.

Fold in fruit and peel and knead for further 3 minutes.

Form the dough into a ball, put it in an oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Place it in a warm place for about 2 hours, or until dough has doubled in size. Then turn the dough out onto a floured surface.

Form into a loaf and use a knife to cut the loaf into 12 buns – in half lengthways, then six loaves each (see video).

Line a shallow baking dish with baking paper and put your hot cross buns onto it, ready for the oven.

Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).

To make the crosses, mix the flour, icing sugar and water into a thick paste.

Pour paste into a resealabe bag and snip off one of the corners to create a piping bag.

Pipe crosses on buns and bake for 15-20 mins. Turn out on wire rack.

To create glaze, bring the sugar and water to the boil until it is a clear syrup and then take it off the heat.

Apply glaze with a pastry brush while the buns are still hot.

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  • Not only do these look like the real deal, but they were really fun to make with the kids.
  • This recipe makes a dozen good sized buns – 6 to eat straightaway and 6 for the fridge or freezer.
  • Thanks to our sister company Kidspot Australia, for creating the instructional video.
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Klemke for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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