This delicious hot cross bun recipe is one for your recipe book. These hot cross buns are enjoyed especially over the Easter period but are delicious any time of the year as a teatime snack, served with a thick layer of butter. This recipe shows you step by step how to make hot cross buns and have them ready to be enjoyed with your family in no time!

hotcross buns recipe

Hot Cross Buns

Delicious hot cross buns
5 from 5 votes
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Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Course Snack, Teatime Snacks
Cuisine South African
Servings 36 buns
Calories 158 kcal


Basic Rich Yeast Dough

  • 5 ml active dry yeast
  • 12,5 ml sugar
  • 250 ml warm scalded milk
  • 250 ml flour
  • 50 ml butter or margarine melted
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 kg flour
  • 5 ml salt

Hot Cross Buns

  • 10 ml ground cinnamon
  • 60 grams mixed peel
  • 60 grams seedless raisins
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 5 ml milk


Basic Rich Yeast Dough

  • Mix the yeast, sugar, and butter or margarine with the warm scalded milk in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the 250 ml flour to the yeast mixture and beat well.
  • Cover and leave for about 45 minutes to an hour in a warm place until foamy and light.
  • Add the eggs, salt and mix very well.
  • Knead the dough until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Cover the dough and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Hot Cross Buns

  • Use the basic rich yeast dough recipe.
  • Knead the ground cinnamon, mixed peel, and seedless raisins into the risen dough.
  • Shape into buns, place on a greased baking sheet and with a very sharp knife cut a deep cross into the top of every bun.
  • Cover closely and set aside in a warm place until risen to double the size, about 30 minutes.
  • Brush with egg yolk beaten with milk and bake in the oven at 200ºC (400ºF) for 15 to 20 minutes.


Calories: 158kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 75mgPotassium: 69mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 76IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 2mg
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2 Responses

  1. Recipe has step 1 & 4 saying add the butter/margarine twice. Confusing. If you add it in step 1, how can you fo it in step 4 again if you’ve already done it. I’m assuming something else like perhaps strong has the error of maybe only adding the milk & not the butter/marg until step 4? Am I correct in my assumption. Not sure so.safly won’t use this recipe unless I’m sure. Hope you can advise. Thsnkyou

    1. Good day Sandy, I am so sorry for not replying more quicker. I have corrected the recipe and will pay more attention when I am adding the recipes. Once again I do apologize.

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