Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hot Cross Buns

Adapted from :  BBC Australian Good Food Magazine

450g bread flour
3 tsp dried yeast
40g pure coconut sugar / palm sugar - grated
10g caster sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
50g dried cranberries - roughly chopped
1 tsp salt
150ml warm milk
50ml warm water
1 egg, beaten
50g unsalted butter, melted

50g plain flour + water - to make a thick paste
extra melted butter - brushing

  • In a mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine flour, sugars, yeast, mixed spice and cranberries together.  Knead to form into a slightly sticky soft dough.  Add in salt and continue to knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes).
  • Add in melted butter and continue to knead until fully incorporated.   
    [At this stage, the dough should be able to stretched to form a window-like thin membrane without breaking].
  • Shape the dough  into a smooth ball and place in a greased  bowl.  Cover with lightly oiled clingfilm.  Then place it in a warm, moist and draught-free place to allow the dough to rise until at least double or nearly triple its original size.
    [To determine if the dough has risen long enough, poke a floured finger into the  dough.  When you remove your finger, the dough shouldn't spring back at all.  If the dough springs back immediately, it is under-proved and needs more time to proof further.]
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, punch down by pressing the dough out evenly with your hands.
  • Divide dough into 12 pieces.  Shape each piece into a smooth round ball and place on a lightly greased baking tray, allowing room between each bun for rising. 
  • Using a small sharp knife, score a cross on top of each bun, then cover with a damp tea towel and stand in a warm place to prove until almost doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.  Combine flour and just enough water to make a thick paste.  Spoon into piping bag and pipe crosses on tops of buns.  Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Brush the buns with melted butter.  


  1. Hi Veronica,
    Glad to see your creation since your last white sandwich loaf. You must be busy.. I miss you..:D

    Your hot cross bun looks inviting. Love the nicely browned crust.
    I bring hot tea over to enjoy this with you..lol

    1. Hi Mui Mui

      Would be lovely to have you over for tea and buns ;-)


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