Hot Cross Buns

 Hot sticky buns, fresh from the oven, studded with fruit and spice, with a cute little cross on top, these buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday, but are so good, you'll want to make them more than once a year!
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Course: Bread, Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 241kcal
Author: Kylee Cooks



  • 1 Tbs instant yeast rapid rise
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups bread flour 15oz
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 5oz
  • 2 Tbs butter melted
  • 1 1/4 cups water (warmed to lukewarm not hot)
  • 1 egg lightly beaten

Addition to dough after 20 mins

  • 1 Tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs pumpkin pie spice mixed spice in NZ/Australia
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup raisins


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup water


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs water



  • Add all dough ingredients into the bread machine in the order as listed by the manufacturer.
  • Set a timer for 20 minutes if your machine doesn’t have a fruit addition timer built in. Turn the machine on using “dough only” function.
  • After 20 minutes, add the spices, brown sugar and raisins.
  • When the dough cycle completes, remove the dough onto a well floured surface and divide into 16 roughly equal pieces. Roll them into balls, and place them on a baking stone (or cookie sheet lined with parchment). The balls of dough should touch each other.


  • In a small bowl, combine the flour and water until smooth.
  • Transfer to a zip lock bag, seal. Snip off the corner and pipe the crosses onto the surface of the buns.
  • Allow the buns to rise a further 30mins
  • Bake in a preheated oven 400°F for 20-25 minutes (buns should be a golden brown)


  • Combine the sugar and water, and heat in the microwave or a saucepan until it forms a simple syrup.
  • Remove buns from the oven and while piping hot brush over the sugar glaze.
  • Cool on a rack.
  • Devour (I like to split them open and spread butter on them)


To make these without a bread machine Simply combine the dough ingredients in your stand mixer and knead for about 10 minutes. Add the spices, brown sugar and raisins, and knead until elastic and smooth. Let rise in a warm place for about an hour (dough will triple in size). Then follow from step 4.


Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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