Happy Easter x

A very happy Easter to you all xx

I thought it would be appropriate today to mark the beginning of the Easter weekend with a festive recipe!! I came across Paul Holywood’s recipe for hot cross buns last week and then watched him prepare them with the same recipe on the Easter special of The Great British Bake-off Masterclass this week, which only cemented my determination to try them out for myself x

This is my first attempt at hot cross buns and I have to say I don’t think I will be buying them from now on!! They are gorgeous!!! Super tasty and they leave the house smelling amazing!!

Hot cross buns


For the buns:

  • 300ml full-fat milk , plus 2 tbsp more
  • 50g butter
  • 500g strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 7g sachet fast-action or easy-blend yeast
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • 75g sultanas
  • 50g mixed peel
  • zest 1 orange
  • 1 apple , peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

 For the cross:

  • 75g plain flour , plus extra for dusting

 For the glaze:

  • 3 tbsp apricot jam

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  1. Bring the milk to the boil, then remove from the heat and add the butter. Leave to cool until it reaches hand temperature. Put the flour, salt, sugar and yeast  into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the warm milk and butter mixture, then add the egg. Using a wooden spoon, mix well, then bring everything together with your hands until you have a sticky dough.
  2. Tip on to a lightly floured surface and knead by holding the dough with one hand and stretching it with the heal of the other hand, then folding it back on itself. Repeat for 5 mins until smooth and elastic. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hr or until doubled in size and a finger pressed into it leaves a dent.
  3. With the dough still in the bowl, tip in the sultanas, mixed peel, orange zest, apple and cinnamon. Knead into the dough, making sure everything is well distributed. Leave to rise for 1 hr more, or until doubled in size, again covered by some well-oiled cling film to stop the dough getting a crust.
  4. Divide the dough into 15 even pieces (about 75g per piece). Roll each piece into a smooth ball on a lightly floured work surface. Arrange the buns on one or two baking trays lined with parchment, leaving enough space for the dough to expand. Cover (but don’t wrap) with more oiled cling film, or a clean tea towel, then set aside to prove for 1 hr more.
  5. Heat oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan/gas 7. Mix the flour with about 5 tbsp water to make the paste for the cross – add the water 1 tbsp at a time, so you add just enough for a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag with a small nozzle. Pipe a line along each row of buns, then repeat in the other direction to create crosses. Bake for 20 mins on the middle shelf of the oven, until golden brown.
  6. Gently heat the apricot jam to melt, then sieve to get rid of any chunks. While the jam is still warm, brush over the top of the warm buns and leave to cool.

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I enjoyed mine straight from the oven with just a little butter along with a nice cup of tea, simple but effective x

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For me it wouldn’t be Easter without hot cross buns, but I realise that many of you are from other parts of the world with possibly very different Easter traditions and foods that you eat and share to celebrate! I’d love to hear about it x

What will you be making this weekend to celebrate Easter?

I’m off to hard boil and decorate some eggs now to roll on Sunday, ta ta xx

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65 thoughts on “Happy Easter x

  1. they look fantastic Lucy 🙂 I watched Paul and Mary the other day too and it inspired me to make some but I’ve never been good a bread, good to throw at someone and kill them but not eat 😀 x

  2. I watched Paul make these as well and it inspired me to bake bread, even though I don’t really like to bake bread as the process is so long with the waiting of the dough to raise (I’m so impatient haaha). I LOVE hot cross buns (grew up with them) and because they are not a tradition here in Austria I would have to bake my own.
    You did a fantastic job Lucy!!! They look really mouth watering and that glaze!! ooOoOOoO yum! Fresh out of the oven, spread the butter and munch. I won’t be in my kitchen during Easter but I just might have to bake them after easter to satisfy my craving. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • I looked at several different recipes, but the glaze on this one just made them look so much better than the others x
      Let me know if you do try them after Easter, I’d love to here how they turned out x You won’t be disappointed with the results x 🙂

  3. I have been making Paul Hollywood hot cross buns too, but a slightly different recipe. Missed the Easter masterclass but planning to watch it on the iplayer. Yours look great and you’re right, they are delicious and buying them is no longer an option!

  4. Ohh…that IS lovely indeed. I have never made hot crossed buns…but I might try these. (If they are anything like that delicious strawberry tart…ohhh *smiles*) I can almost smell the bread from here.

    You have a Happy Easter too!

    • I hope you are having a great Easter weekend, Katie?
      Let me know how your attempt turns out, you know how I like to know these things!!! 🙂 They are totally worth it, just for the smell by the way x

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  6. Happy Easter !
    These look Scrummy I might attempt to adapt to Gluten Free so I can try them.
    Made even better by the cup of tea in the little pink roses tea cup – I adore this service great taste !!

  7. Haha, funny we followed the same recipe and ended up such different products! Yours look like the more professional batch, I think the ‘blue eyed silverback’ would approve!

  8. I saw Paul make it with Mary Berry but was unsure about the apple. So I decided to stick to recipe I had chosen the week before. Now I’m trying to imagine how it would have tasted… 🙂

    • Thank you I am honoured that you would nominate me for an award x 🙂
      I hope you get the chance to try these and are converted to a life long fan of the Hot cross bun x Let me know if you do x

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