Zesty Hot Cross Buns

Zesty Hot Cross Buns

Why not make your own homemade hot cross buns? If you want to go totally plant based, replace butter for nut butters of your choice and milk with almond milk. And replace egg wash with a brush of almond milk!

Zesty Hot Cross Buns

Zesty Hot Cross Buns

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Course: MainCuisine: WesternDifficulty: Easy


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  • Ingredients A
  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast

  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) milk, warm

  • Ingredients B
  • 50 g / 3.5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled

  • 1 egg

  • Ingredients C
  • 4 1/4 cups (640g) bread flour

  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • Ingredients D
  • 1 cup raisins

  • Zest of 2 oranges

  • Ingredients E
  • 1/2 cup (75g) flour

  • 5 tbsp water

  • Egg wash
  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tbsp water


  • In a big bowl, mix all ingredients A together and set aside for 10 mins.
  • In a mixer with a hook attachment, mix together ingredients C. Add in ingredients A and B. Mix till a soft dough is formed. Continue kneading for 6-8 mins till elastic.
  • Leave to rise covered with a damp cloth for 45 mins. Punch down and divide into 12 pieces. Form balls and place in a baking tray. Leave to rise for another 30 mins.
  • Mix Ingredients E together. Pipe paste across the risen dough.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 15-20 mins. Brush egg wash and return to bake another 5 mins or till golden brown.

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