Easy Hot Cross Buns with a Twist

Whilst we love our traditionally made Hot Cross Buns, sometimes you just don’t have the time or energy to tackle that ingredient list.

The alternative is going fancy with a basic bread mix – our crusty or soft bread mixes (try your hand with the gluten free range if you are inspired too!).

easy hot cross bun


Bread base:

500g bread mix

7g dried yeast

250g lukewarm water


Then tailor it by adding in one of the options below….

Traditional version:

65g sultanas

65g currents

10g mixed spice


Chocolate lovers:

25g cocoa powder

50g choc chips

* use melted chocolate for the cross


Choc Cherry:

25g cocoa powder

50g choc chips

65g glace cherries


Apricot & Almond:

125g diced apricots

125g sliced almonds


Date & Walnut:

125g chopped dates

125g walnuts

7g ground cinnamon


  1. Mix together bread base and optional ingredients until a smooth dough forms
  2. Cover with a damp tea towel and allow to proof for 10 minutes
  3. Knock down the dough and form into 6-8 buns approximately 1cm apart on a greased tray
  4. Cover with a damp tea towel and allow to proof for 40-60 minutes
  5. Make flour paste for cross by mixing 1/2 cup plain flour with 4 to 5 tablespoons of water and piping across buns
  6. Bake until golden brown for approximately 20 mins in 180-190C oven
  7. Brush with sugar glaze made by mixing 1/3 cup water with 2 tablespoons of sugar whilst buns are still warm