Hot cross buns

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Hot cross buns

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Prep Time 55 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes


  • 2 x 8g sachets dried yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups (310ml) milk, warmed
  • 1/4 cup (60g) caster sugar
  • 4 cups (600g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 60g butter
  • 1 1/2 cups dark choc chips (you can add 2 cups dried fruit in place of choc)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup (50g) self-raising flour
  • apricot jam, warmed and sieved, for glaze


  • Whisk yeast, milk and caster sugar until the sugar dissolves. Set aside for 10 minutes. Sift plain flour with cinnamon, mixed spice and salt into a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub in butter.
  • Stir in choc chips or fruit, eggs and yeast mixture. Turn dough onto floured surface. Knead 5 mins. Put in large greased bowl. Cover. Leave in warm spot 3/4 hour. Punch down. Knead until smooth. Shape into even sized balls, place in lined SC and allow to rise for 25mins.
  • Combine self-raising flour and 1/4 cup (60ml) water. Pipe crosses onto the buns. Cook for 2 1/2hrs on high with tea towel under lid. Once cooked, glazed while still hot with jam.

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