Spiced orange hot cross buns


Hot cross buns are easy to make but it does take a bit of time to let the dough prove. Not recommended if you are in a hurry.
I tend to make hot cross buns a few time a year not just on Easter. They are great toasted with butter.

Prep time Baking time Temperature Difficulty Servings
2+ hours 8-12 minutes 220C / 200C fan assisted easy 15 buns

You will need the following:

650g strong white bread flour
100g of mixed fruit
50g mixed peel
1 tsp salt
6 tsp mixed spice (cinnamon, coriander seed, nutmeg)
60g unsalted butter
7g / 1 tsp yeast
zest of 1 orange
100g caster sugar
1 medium sized egg
400 ml milk

For the cross
9 tbs flour (levelled tablespoons)
7 tbs cold water


JFP_6726The ingredients.

JFP_6752In a mixing bowl add 6 tsp mixed spice (cinnamon, coriander seed, nutmeg) to 650g strong white bread flour.

JFP_6744Add 1tsp salt.

JFP_6756Add 60g unsalted butter.

JFP_6764Use your fingers to mix in the butter.

JFP_6772JFP_6774Make a well by pushing the flour to the sides of the bowl.

JFP_6777Add 7g / 1 tsp yeast.

JFP_6778Add 100g caster sugar.

JFP_6841JFP_6821Add the zest of 1 orange.

JFP_6850Add 1 medium egg.

JFP_6857Add 400ml milk.

JFP_6885Mix the ingredients together.

JFP_6898JFP_6908Once your ingredients are mixed, knead your dough for 5 minutes.

JFP_6928After kneading the dough, place it on a lightly floured surface.

JFP_6933Add 100g of mixed fruit and 50g mixed peel to the dough.

JFP_6940JFP_6960Work the fruits into the dough.

JFP_6971JFP_6986Stretch the dough as much as you can.

JFP_6998Knead and stretch the dough for 5 minutes making sure all the fruits are incorporated into the dough.

JFP_7002JFP_7008Place the dough in a buttered bowl. Cover with a cloth and leave in a warm place to rise for 1.5 hours.


After 1.5 hours turn out the dough.

JFP_7030Cut and roll the dough into balls. You should be able to get about 15 depending on the size.


JFP_7032JFP_7045JFP_7065Cover with cling film and leave to rise for another hour.

JFP_7054Carefully remove the cling film. Now the crosses can be added.

JFP_7073Add 9 tbs flour (levelled tablespoons) to a mixing bowl.

JFP_7078Add 7 tbs cold water.


JFP_7102Mix together until the mixture is smooth. Add to a piping bag (I am using one for macaroons, which works quite well).

JFP_7118Slowly add the crosses to the buns.

JFP_7140Next we need to glaze the buns. I used spiced orange marmalade, but any marmalade will do. Do this as soon as the buns come out of the oven.

JFP_7142JFP_7153Glaze the buns as soon as they come out of the oven, while they are still hot.


Hope you enjoy!

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