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Hot Cross Buns

  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

  • Nuts Free Diet

    It is usually followed when someone is allergic to nuts.

Hot Cross Buns


  • In a bowl, add the yeast, 150 ml water and a teaspoon of sugar (taken from the 500 g of sugar). Stir until the yeast is completely dissolved and set aside for 10 minutes, until the mixture starts to froth. This is a sign that the yeast has been activated.
  • In a small saucepan, add the raising and 5 tablespoons of water. Simmer until the raisins soak up all of the moisture. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool.
  • In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt and the special spice mixture for sweets.
  • Add the raisins, zest and the rest of the sugar.
  • Make a small well in the center and add the yeast mixture, the lightly beaten egg, melted butter and lukewarm milk.
  • Use a thin wooden spoon to mix the mixture until the ingredients combine and come together to create a dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured working surface. Knead for 5 minutes until it becomes soft and smooth.
  • Transfer to a bowl dusted with flour. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for about 1 hour, until it rises and doubles in size.
  • When ready, turn out onto a floured working surface. Knead gently, mostly to release the air and bring the dough back to its original volume. Divide into 12 equal parts, about 75 g each.
  • Shape dough into balls. Transfer to a shallow baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Do not set them close together because they will rise again. Cover with a clean towel and set aside for 30-40 minutes to rise.
  • Preheat oven to 190* C (370* F) Fan.
  • To decorate the buns, combine the flour and water. Knead into a dough and shape into strips. Each strip should be about 5 mm thick and 8 cm wide.
  • Ina small bowl, whisk the egg yolk with 1 tablespoon milk. Place 2 strips of dough over each bun in the shape of a cross. .  Brush buns and strips with egg yolk mixture.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden.
  • To prepare the coating, heat the sugar and orange juice in a small saucepan. When the sugar melts and the mixture starts to boil, the syrup is ready.
  • When the buns are ready, remove from oven and immediately brush with syrup.
  • They are amazing…!!


Do not overbake! If you bake the buns longer than necessary they will not turn out soft and fluffy!

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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
13 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
7 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
14 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
18 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
15 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
12 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
8 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
2 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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