Hot Cross Buns

Recipe courtesy of Doves Farm.

Happy Saturday.

Fancy making your own Hot Cross Buns this Easter?

Cooking time 18-20 minutes

Equipment Large baking tray, parchment, small paintbrush, saucepan

How To Make Hot Cross Buns:


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


  • 50g Doves Farm Organic Plain White Flour
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp apricot jam

How To Make:

Hot Cross Buns:

  1. Put the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and mixed spice into a bowl and mix together.
  2. Melt the butter then add the milk and egg and beat together. Stir this into the flour and mix into a sticky dough.
  3. 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.
  4. Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place to double in size (about 2 hours).
  5. Line a large baking tray with parchment.
  6. Add the currants and mixed peel to the dough and knead until they are well combined.
  7. Divide the dough into 10 pieces, roll each into a ball and place it on a parchment lined oven tray.


  1. Put the plain flour into a bowl and add just enough water to make a very thick paste.
  2. Using a paintbrush, dip it into the paste and paint a cross on each bun.
  3. Leave the buns to rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  4. Re-paint the paste cross and leave the buns to rise for a further 15 minutes.
  5. Pre-heat the oven.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  7. 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

Recipe courtesy of Doves Farm.

The Doves Farm brand features 20 different flours, including flours made from ancient grains such as Einkorn, Emmer and KAMUT® Khorasan as well as plain white, plain wholemeal and pasta flour. 

The range is certified by The Soil Association and also includes organic biscuits, incorporating 44 products in total.

Doves Farm.

Facebook – @dovesfarmfoods, Twitter – @dovesfarm

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  1. Nancy Baten
    March 24, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    Ha ha, when I saw the title, I thought this was about hair styles! Happy weekend!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 24, 2018 / 7:26 pm

      Hehe, thanks for stopping by Nancy 🙂

  2. Sheltie Times
    March 26, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    Sounds tasty.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 31, 2018 / 6:15 am

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  3. The Lazy Gastronome
    March 26, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    I don't think I've every had hot cross buns but these sound delicious! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      March 31, 2018 / 6:16 am

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by.

  4. Heather{Our Life In a Click}
    March 26, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    I need to make these for Easter one year!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 2, 2018 / 12:04 pm

      Tanks Heather. I bet you will love them.

  5. Sandra Lee
    March 27, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    This is a recipe I'd love to master.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 2, 2018 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Sandra 🙂

  6. Anonymous
    March 29, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    Love hot cross buns. Yummy.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      April 2, 2018 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

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