We have an Easter family tradition: ‘Eat as many as you can Hot Cross Buns on Easter Morning‘.
Usually around this time of year, I start buying and baking Hot Cross Buns to add to the kids lunchboxes and as afternoon snacks with Rooibos Tea to help them prepared for Easter time 😉
I have tried so many recipes over the years and have finally found one that always turns out perfectly thanks to Woolworths.
Hot Cross Buns with Spiced Honey Butter
500 g cake flour, plus extra for dusting
20 g (2 sachets) dry yeast
2/3 cup white sugar
11/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
A pinch cloves
pinch of salt
50 g unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
250ml cream or full cream milk
125 ml raisins
5 tbls flour
140 g soft butter
4 tbsp honey
2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Combine the flour, yeast, sugar, spices and salt in a bowl and mix until combined.
- In a measuring jug, whisk together the melted butter, eggs and milk then pour into the dry ingredients.
- Mix until a sticky, soft dough forms. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
- Place the dough into a bowl and cover with clingfilm or a damp cloth then allow to rise for 1 hour.
- When the dough has risen, remove from the bowl and knead in the raisins.
- Return to the bowl, cover and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
- Form dough balls roughly the size of golf balls out of the risen dough and place in a circular pattern on the prepared baking tray. Mix together 5 tbls of flour and 3-4 tbls of water and pipe crosses onto the buns.
- Allow to rise for another 30 minutes then place in the pre-heated oven.
- Allow to bake for 25-30 minutes until the hot cross buns are golden brown and cooked through.
- While the buns are baking, combine 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar to make the glaze in a small saucepan and allow to come to a boil.
- When the buns have baked, remove them from the oven and immediately brush the glaze over the top.
- Allow to cool slightly.
- For the spiced honey butter, simply beat together 150 g butter, 3 tbls of honey and 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon then serve with the warm hot cross buns.
The original recipe can be found here.
Do you have an Easter tradition? I’d love to hear about it!