Breads & Doughs Hot Cross Buns 4.84 from 36 votes Create a Profile! × Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Save Recipe Enjoy my spiced, sweet Hot Cross Buns recipe, which are a lovely sweet bread with mixed fruit perfect for Easter and Springtime baking. By Patricia Stafford | March 16, 2017 | 103 Last updated on March 28, 2022 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! Hi Everyone! When Gemma was growing up, I used to bake these Hot Cross Buns at Easter time. They are a traditional thing here in Ireland and in the UK. They definitely are a labor of love but the results are great. These Hot Cross Buns are traditional spiced, sticky glazed fruit buns with pastry crosses. Served as a classic Easter treat, the buns can also be enjoyed at any time of year. There are many more Irish desserts on the site including a Traditional Bread & Butter Pudding and Irish Soda Bread so we hope you enjoy Try These Recipes! Soft And Fluffy Pumpkin Dinner RollsHomemade Maple Bar DonutsHow to Make Garlic Bread from ScratchSourdough Banana Bread Hot Cross Buns 4.84 from 36 votes Print Recipe Add to Favorites Loading… Author: Patricia Stafford Servings: 12 buns Breakfast Easter Oven Baking Pans Prep Time 30 minsCook Time 3 hrsTotal Time 3 hrs 30 mins Author: Patricia Stafford Servings: 12 buns Ingredients Buns 4 1/4 cups (625g/21 1/4oz) bread flour, plus extra for dusting1 teaspoon salt2 teaspoon ground mixed spice3 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing(85g/3oz) sugar1 lemon , zest only1½ teaspoon dried yeast1 egg , plus extra for egg wash1 ¼ cup (300ml/10floz) tepid milk⅔ cup (120g/4oz) mixed dried fruitCross topping2 tbsp all purpose flour / plain flour 2 tbsp cold water Instructions Making bunsIn a large bowl sieve the flour, salt and ground mixed spice. Then rub in the butter using your fingertips until the mixture is the texture of fine breadcrumbs. Make a well in the center of the mixture then add the sugar, lemon zest and yeast.Beat the egg with the tepid milk then add to the dry ingredients. Mix together to a form a soft, pliable dough.Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Sprinkle over the mixed dried fruit then knead the dough lightly for about 5 minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic with dried fruit throughout.Grease a large bowl with butter. Shape the dough into a ball and place it into the prepared bowl. Cover with cling wrap and set aside in a warm place for one hour to proof.After about one hour the dough should have doubled in size. Turn out the proofed dough onto a lightly floured work surface and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.Grease a baking tray with butter and transfer the buns to the tray about 1 inch apart. Cover with cling wrap and return to a warm spot to proof for another hour.After the second proof preheat the oven to 400oF (200oC). Brush the buns with a little bit of egg wash for a shiney finish.Making the "cross topping" In a small bowl mix flour and cold water into a smooth paste. Spoon the flour mixture into a piping bag and pipe a cross on each bun.Baking Transfer the buns to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden-brown and shiny.As soon as you remove the buns from the oven, brush them with a little golden syrup or honey then set aside to cool on a wire rack.