Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hot Cross Buns.

Here is my recipe for Hot Cross Buns, if you would like to bake some.
They were so very yummy that the batch I made yesterday have all gone, so I am just going to make some more.

Hot Cross Buns

2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon dried yeast
3 1/2 to 4 cups of flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1.4 teaspoon ascorbic acid
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 teaspoons mixed spice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons oil
1 cup warm milk
1 cup of sultanas

Cross mixture
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon oil
3 to 4 tablespoons water

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar.

Dissolve the sugar in warm water. Sprinkle over yeast and stand in a warm place until frothy. Sift in the flour, salt, ascorbic acid, cinnamon and mixed spice into a large bowl. Mix in the brown sugar.Lightly beat the egg and oil. Add yeast mixture, egg mixture and warm milk to the flour. Mix well to form a soft, sticky dough.
Turn the dough on to a lightly floured board. Knead for 10 - 15 minutes or until the dough springs back when lightly touched.Place the dough in a greased bowl and turn over so the top of the dough is greased. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled in size. Punch the dough down with a clenced fist. Lightly knead for a further 5 mins. incorporating the fruit.
Divide the dough into 16 equal portions. Roll each portion into buns. Place the buns
on a lightly greased baking tray 1 cm apart. Cover with a clean cloth and leave in a warm place for the buns to double in size. Pipe the cross mixture on to the buns.
Bake at 200 c for 10 - 15 mins or until lightly browned. Brush buns with g;aze while still hot Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 16

Cross mixture
Combine the flour and oil. Mix in sufficient water to form a soft piping consistency.

Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil stirring all the time. Boil 1 - 2 minutes.

Note Ascorbic acid powder is Vitamin C and is available from chemist and supermarkets.
It helps speed up the rising process.
I did not have any ascorbic acid, but I did put in a squirt of lemon juice which was fine.

Happy Easter

Hugs Carolyn


  1. Hi Carolyn...Hope you are enjoying your Easter weekend...

    Your buns look yummy...I am going to copy the recipe and make some this week. Thank-you for sharing.

    Hugs, Nancy

  2. Hi Carolyn,
    Oh your Hot Cross Buns look so yummy, Thank you for sharing the recipe. Best wishes for a very Happy Easter. Thank you for stopping by to enter my giveaway. I will go back to search for yours.
    Always enjoy visiting your lovely blog. It is such a blessing.
    hugs, Celestina Marie

  3. Thanks for visiting Nancy and Celestina Marie.

    Having a lovely weekend with family eating too much, and just enjoying the holiday.
    Just off to pick up some more relations off the ferry.


  4. MMmmmmm, this photo looks scrumptious! It's a good thing I do not know where to locate some of these ingredients here, or else I'd gain 10 pounds in one weekend.

    Have a great Easter!

  5. Hi Bella,

    I wished you could join us for coffee and a bun.
    I need to go for some walks tomorrow as all I seem to have been doing this weekend, is eat.
    Tomorrow morning there will be chocolate Easter eggs ~ I will need to walk for miles!

    I hope that you are having a great Easter with your family.


  6. Yum! Those look wonderful! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll be over with a pot of tea-when will the next batch be ready?



  7. Oh wow, these look delicious! Wish I was at your home this Easter, sitting down for a bun and cuppa with you.
    Happy Easter

  8. Oh I do wish you could call in for a cuppa and a bun Kim and Catherine.
    You would be more than welcome.

    Happy Easter,

  9. Happy Easter Carolyn to you and Family ,I will keep the recipe for times to come !

    xx Mona

  10. Hi Mona,

    These buns are so much nicer than the store bought ones.


  11. I was just on my way over to visit your blog when you commented on mine! Isn't that cute!

    Thank you for sharing that recipe for the Hot Cross Buns! How sweet! I "starred" it on my google reader for later reference! :)

    Happy Easter to you and yours!
    Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog! I appreciate them all! (keep them coming!)

  12. Hi TattingChic,

    That is neat that we were both commenting on each others blogs at the same time!

    Yes, the hot cross buns are very scrumptious and you should make them, sometime.

    Happy Easter to you and thanks for visiting and your kind words.

  13. hey Carolyn...thanks for the recipe.

    .... in my second pic she is sitting on the new "easter egg".. shelf...

  14. And a lovely new Easter egg shelf you have Vee!
    It will last much longer too.

    About the recipe, you are welcome - so much nicer than store bought.
    I had to make two batches as my family and friends liked them so much.


  15. Hi Carolyn,
    Hope you had a nice Easter.
    Those buns look really yummy!
    Chat soon,

  16. Thanks for the recipe! Sounds wonderful!

  17. Hi Rosemary and Lavender Dreamer,

    thank you and I only wished you could come and join me for a cuppa and a bun.


  18. Your buns sound delish.... I used to make them when all the family was home. Perhaps I should give them a try again.
    I love the smell of yeast cooking.


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