No Junk Hot Cross Buns

  • No Junk Hot Cross Buns Easter Recipe
  • 60+ minutes to prepare
  • 10-30 minutes to cook
  • makes 16 buns
  • Can be frozen
  • How to make

For the buns:

500g wholemeal bread flour
½ tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp dried yeast
100g raisins
Zest of 1 orange
300ml whole milk
40g unsalted butter
2 tbsp honey 

For the glaze:

1 egg

Paste for the cross:

30g plain white flour
2 tbsp water

Step 1

Sieve the flour then combine with the spices, yeast, raisins and orange zest in a large bowl

Step 2 

Heat the milk, butter and honey in a pan until just warm (not too hot, so you can still touch with your fingers)

Step 3

Pour the milk mixture into the flour and combine to make a soft dough.

Step 4

Knead on a floured work top for around 10 minutes until springy

Step 5

Place the dough back into the bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place for about an hour until doubled in size

Step 6

Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces (cut into 4, then 8, then 16).  Shape these into round buns, than place onto a lined baking sheet with plenty of space between them. Cover again with a damp tea towel and leave somewhere warm to rise for around 20 minutes (or until nicely risen)

Step 7

Meanwhile, combine the reserved flour and water in a bowl to make a thick paste, adding a touch more water if too thick. Spoon into a plastic food bag or piping bag. Ensure the paste is fairly thick and just runny enough to pipe, otherwise it won't stand out as a cross

Step 8

Pre-heat your oven to 200°C / 180°C fan / gas mark 6, then beat the egg and lightly brush this over the buns

Step 9

Snip a ‘tiny’ corner off the piping bag, then pipe a cross onto each bun with the paste. (Make sure the hole is very small so your crosses aren’t too thick)

Step 10

Bake for around 25-30 minutes until the buns are golden and cooked through.  Allow to cool before serving


  • Gluten ingredients
  • Wheat
  • Dairy ingredients
  • Eggs

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Recipe notes

Serve still slightly warm from the oven, cut open and spread with a little unsalted butter.  

Little ones can easily get involved with this recipe, weighing the ingredients, mixing, kneading and helping to shape the buns.

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