Hot crossed out buns!

So the crosses dissolved. Does that make my buns less cross?

One thing that is less, is the sugar, as I like many others try and reduce the sugars in my diet . These buns are naturally sweetened with organic raisins and if like me you enjoy eating yours with butter and jam / marmalade then they will be more than sweet enough.

Happy Easter!


Preparation: 15 mins + 45 mins rising + 15 mins + 18 mins baking

Ingredients: 250g milk, 25g fresh yeast, 1 tsp brown sugar, 450g flour, 50g melted butter, 50g raisins, 50g mixed peel, 1tbsp mixed spice, 1 egg, pinch of salt.

1. Warm the milk and stir in the yeast and tsp of sugar. Cover with cling film and leave to bubble for c.20 mins.

2. In a seperate bowl sift in the flour, salt and mixed spice. 

3. Add in the fruit and mixed peel.

4. Beat in the egg, melted butter and the yeast mix and combine to a wet dough.

5. Knead for 5 mins and then leave to rise for 45 mins in a bowl covered with a damp tea towel.

6. After 45 mins, knead the dough once more and cut and roll into 12 buns.

7. Place onto a baking tray prepared with baking parchment.

8. If you want cross buns then bows the time! Mix flour and water into a stiff paste and pipe onto the tops of the buns. You can mark the buns first with a knife and fill the indents with your cross mixture.

9. Bake in the centre of a hot oven 220C for 15-18 mins.

10. Once golden, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.


Eat warm with butter.

Happy Easter!

2 Responses to “Hot crossed out buns!”
  1. They look good to me. Only problem I have is I am not that fond of raisins, so I tend not to make hot cross buns. Yours look delicious.

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