Hot Cross Buns

Nothing like something Eastery at Christmas – for the point of this post, let’s call them spicy fruit buns, omit the crosses and voila, problem solved.

Hot Cross Buns – aka Spicy Fruit Buns



500g flour
10ml cinnamon
10ml mixed spice
5ml nutmeg
3ml salt
30ml sugar
15g dry yeast
125ml milk warmed
125ml water
1 egg beaten
125ml dried fruit cake mix


250ml flour
15ml milk

Golden syrup for glazing


  1. Sift the flour, spices, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add the yeast to the dry ingredients.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add the milk, water and egg.
  4. Knead until the dough is soft and pliable.
  5. Place the dough in a clean bowl and leave to double in size for an hour.
  6. Add the cake mix and knead again until all the fruit is evenly distributed.
  7. Divide into 12 buns.
  8. Preheat the oven to 220˚C.
  9. Place on a greased baking tray and allow to rise for 15 minutes.
  10. Make the mixture for the crosses and pipe it onto the buns.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes until well browned and risen.
  12. Brush with golden syrup as they come out of the oven.


Submitted by:  Mandy Frielinghaus, Mauritius


12 thoughts on “Hot Cross Buns

  1. Oh, I love hot cross buns, though it’s strange to see them in this time of the year. Anyway, why not? Let’s break the rules of tradition! 😉

  2. Mmmmm, I’ve been looking for this recipe before but forgot to search for it, i just remembered it beause of your post. Will bookmark this one out, this is a very popular bread here in New Zealand specially during holy week specially Good Friday, its a Christian tradition to bake this during that times.

    • I’m so pleased that you will have this recipe to look forward to next Easter. I enjoy them so much that I bake them throughout the year – I just omit the cross over the top when it is not Easter. 🙂

  3. I like these! I made hot cross buns for the first time at Easter and I wasn’t pleased with the results, so I think I will try to do this recipe instead for this year…or maybe over my Christmas break. Question—golden syrup….?? (What is it?)

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