• Description:

    Producing soft, warm buns with sweet cinnamon swirls and a touch of cream cheese icing, this heavenly Hot Cross Bun recipe is the ultimate in Easter baking. Essentially a celebration of both cinnamon rolls and hot cross buns in one, it’s a moreish, memorable item that you can add to your Easter brunch table with confidence.

  • Ingredients:

    For the dough:
    1 cup warm milk
    2 large eggs, at room temperature
    1/3 cup unsalted butter, cubed
    4 1/2 cups plain flour
    A pinch of salt
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 sachet (7 g) instant yeast

    For the filling:
    1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
    1 cup brown sugar, packed
    2 tbsp. cinnamon, ground

    For the icing:

    ¼ cup plain cream cheese, softened

    3 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups icing sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla essence

    Margarine, for serving
    Ground cinnamon, for serving

  • Method:

    1. To make the dough: Mix together and knead all of the dough ingredients.  
    2. Lightly oil a bowl, place the dough into the center and cover for 60 minutes, or until it's nearly doubled in size.
    3. To fill and shape the buns: Gently deflate the dough by knocking it back, and transfer it to a lightly floured work surface.
    4. Roll the dough into a large rectangle shape.
    5. Combine the filling ingredient together and spread across the dough.
    6. Roll the dough into a log and cut it into 9 slices.
    7. Place the buns onto a lightly greased baking pan. Leave the buns to rise until they're nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
    8. Place the buns into a preheated oven and bake them until they're golden brown, about 15 minutes at 200 °C.
    9. While the buns are baking, make the icing.
    10. To make the icing: In a small bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla.
    11. Remove the buns from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
    12. Pipe the icing into crosses onto the buns.
    13. Serve buns warm with a spread of margarine and/or a sprinkling of extra cinnamon.

      Tips and variations:

      Use these buns to prepare a one-of-a-kind French toast. Have a look at the recipe here.