FOOD – Hot Cross Buns, mmmm

IMG_0279Hot Cross Buns remind me of my grandma, she used to heat them up and butter them for me and they are delicious.  This wonderful Easter treat tastes better hot, so why not make your own and have them fresh out of the oven.

THE ULTIMATE HOT CROSS BUN RECIPE – from the owner of Frankonia Bakery – Birgit Gunz

Makes 30


700g   unbleached white bread flour

115g   sugar

    5g   salt (1 teaspoon)

  15g   ground mixed spice (3 teaspoons)

113g   butter  (room temperature)

  70g   fresh yeast

440g   dried fruit such as sultanas, currants, mixed peel

     1    large egg

300ml lukewarm water

Cross Mixture:

65 g flour

20g sugar

60 ml water


1 large egg and a little water


·         Before you do anything else, weigh your dried fruit and soak in water for 30 minutes, then drain water.

·         Weigh and prepare all your other ingredients.

·         Use some of your lukewarm water to dissolve yeast in a small bowl

·         In a large bowl, mix your flour, sugar and salt and mixed spice together and make a well in the centre. Place your butter in little pieces on top of the flour around the sides Pour your dissolved yeast in to the well.

·         Add your egg into the well and stir into the yeast

·         With a spatula carefully stir a bit of your flour mixture from the sides into the well, slowly adding water and more flour and butter bit by bit until it is all combined.

·         Empty your bowl contents onto your work surface and add your dried fruit.

·         Now knead your dough by hand for 8-10minutes until the fruit is properly worked into the dough and your dough feels elastic and wooly.

·         Place the dough back in your bowl and cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rest for 30 minutes in a warm place

·         After your dough has rested, take it out of the bowl, knock it back and knead for another 2 minutes or so.

·         Divide your dough into 30 equal pieces and form rolls. Place these on your greased baking trays so they almost touch but not quite. Cover with a damp tea towel again and leave in a warm place to rise. Preheat your oven now to 200C

Meanwhile make your cross mixture:

·         Mix your flour and sugar into the water and combine until you have a smooth paste. Place this mixture into a piping bag fitted with a plain tube.

·         Make your glaze by stirring a little water into the egg and mix well together

·         Once the buns have doubled in size (45 min – 1hour depending on room temperature)

·         Brush on your egg glaze and pipe a cross shape with the cross mixture onto each bun

·         Put your trays in the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 180C. Bake buns for 20 minutes until they are golden brown. Once finished, place buns on a wire rack to cool.

Frankonia The Bread House

Address: Red Lion Business Centre, Red Lion Business Park, Red Lion Road, Surbiton KT6 7QD

Tel:020 8391 5849