Hot Cross Bun Recipe and Must-Have Kitchen Tools

As Easter approaches, it's the perfect time to embrace the season with a batch of homemade hot cross buns. Whether you're a seasoned baker or just starting out, we've got you covered with a delicious recipe and the essential kitchen tools you'll need to make these Easter treats.

Hot Cross Bun Recipe


  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground allspice
  • 1 ¼ cups of warm milk
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup of dried currants or raisins

For the Crosses:

  • ½ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 6-8 tablespoons of water

For the Glaze:

  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup of water


  1. In a large bowl, combine 3 cups of flour, sugar, salt, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
  2. Add warm milk, melted butter, and egg to the flour mixture. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  3. Stir in currants or raisins and candied orange peel.
  4. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 8-10 minutes, adding the remaining 1 cup of flour gradually, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  6. Punch down the dough and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place them on a greased baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  7. Cover the buns with a clean towel and let them rise for another 30-45 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 190°C
  9. In a small bowl, mix ½ cup of flour and enough water to form a thick paste. Pipe the paste over the buns to form crosses.
  10. Bake the buns for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  11. While the buns are baking, prepare the glaze by heating sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Brush the glaze over the warm buns.

Essential Kitchen Tools for Hot Cross Buns

  1. Mixing Bowls: For combining ingredients and kneading the dough.
  2. Measuring Cups and Spoons: For accurate measurement of ingredients.
  3. Baking Tray: To bake the buns.
  4. Pastry Brush: For applying the glaze.

With these simple steps and essential kitchen tools, you can create delicious hot cross buns that will impress your family and friends this Easter. Don't forget to visit Mooch for all your kitchenware needs and make this Easter season truly special!