Hot Cross Buns




  • 20g strong white flour
  • 100g milk



  • 35g milk
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 310g strong white flour
  • 14g fresh yeast/7g dried yeast
  • 40g caster sugar
  • 7g salt
  • 60g butter
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 1 tsp. mixed spice
  • ½ tsp. ground cardamom
  • Grate of fresh nutmeg
  • 120g golden raisins


For the Crosses

  • 100g strong flour
  • 100g water



  • 100g milk
  • 50g caster sugar
  • Grate of fresh nutmeg



  1. For the roux, in a small pan, mix the milk into the flour gradually until smooth. Cook over a medium high heat until well thickened, and coming away from the bottom of the pan.
  2. Place the eggs, milk, roux, yeast, zest and spices into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the flour, then sugar, salt and butter on top. Start mixing on slow until the dough comes together, then increase the speed to medium/high and continue to mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, and you can stretch it to a windowpane, this should take around 15 minutes. At this point, add in the raisins and mix again briefly to distribute.
  3. Place into an oiled container, cover, and leave to prove in a warm place until doubled in size.
  4. Tip dough onto a lightly floured surface. Using a dough scraper, divide the dough into portions of 60g (this should make x12 buns in total). Shape into tight balls using the palm of your hand and place onto a lined baking sheet. Cover with lightly oiled cling film and place somewhere warm to prove.
  5. Preheat the oven to 190c. Once the buns are proved – they should have doubled in size and have a slight wobble to them.
  6. For the cross mixture, mix the flour and water together in a bowl using a whisk until smooth. Transfer into a piping bag. Pipe the crosses along the tops of the proved buns.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, turning halfway if needed so that the buns are evenly coloured. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  8. In a small pan, heat the milk, sugar and nutmeg together until the sugar has dissolved.
  9. Brush this milk syrup over the buns when hot! In order to give them a nice glaze and shine.
  10. Enjoy sliced or toasted with butter.