Hot Cross Buns

Cooking time 18-20 minutes

Equipment Large baking tray, parchment, small paintbrush, saucepan

What You’ll Need:

Hot Cross Buns

  • 300g Doves Farm Organic Strong White Bread Flour
  • 1 tsp Doves Farm Quick Yeast
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 25g butter, melted
  • 150g milk
  • 1 egg
  • 50g currants
  • 50g mixed peel, chopped
  • Glaze
  • 50g Doves Farm Organic Plain White Flour
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp apricot jam

What To Do:

Hot Cross Buns

  • Put the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and mixed spice into a bowl and mix together.
  • Melt the butter then add the milk and egg and beat together. Stir this into the flour and mix into a sticky dough.
  • Knead the dough in the bowl for 100 presses, if possible without adding flour. The dough will be sticky at first then become smooth and pliable.
  • Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place to double in size (about 2 hours).
  • Line a large baking tray with parchment.
  • Add the currants and mixed peel to the dough and knead until they are well combined.
  • Divide the dough into 10 pieces, roll each into a ball and place it on a parchment lined oven tray.


  • Put the plain flour into a bowl and add just enough water to make a very thick paste.
  • Using a paintbrush, dip it into the paste and paint a cross on each bun.
  • Leave the buns to rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  • Re-paint the paste cross and leave the buns to rise for a further 15 minutes.
  • Pre-heat the oven.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  • Gently heat the apricot jam, mashing any lumps, and brush it over the buns as they come out of the oven.


200°C, Fan 180°C, 400°F, Gas 6

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