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Best Hot Cross Buns - light & fluffy


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Ingredients

20 piece(s)

Dough

  • 30 g fresh yeast or 2tsp dry/instant yeast
  • 620 g bakers flour
  • 50 g sugar
  • 380 g Milk
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsp mixed spice
  • 60 g Butter
  • 1 egg
  • 180 g sultanas/currents/cranberries etc

Paste for Crosses

  • 90 g bakers or plain flour
  • 100 g water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Glaze

  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
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Recipe's preparation

    Dough
  1. If you're using fresh yeast: In a small bowl cream yeast with 1tsp flour & 1tsp sugar and leave until it bubbles (5-10mins).

    If you're using instant yeast then skip this step.

  2. Measure flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, mixed spice and butter into TM Bowl and mix 5sec/sp8. Set aside. 

  3. Add milk to TM bowl and heat 2.5min/37deg/sp1 or until temperature is reached. 

  4. As long as yeast mixture has bubbled from step 1 add it into the TM bowl with the milk. Mix 5sec/sp2-3. Leave it to sit in the bowl for 10-15mins until it becomes frothy.If you're using instant yeast add, along with 1tsp of sugar, to the TM Bowl with the warmed milk. Mix 5sec/sp2-3. Leave it to sit in the bowl for 10-15mins until it becomes frothy.

  5. Add flour mix that you set aside and the egg to the TM bowl and mix 10-15sec/sp7 or until all ingredients are combined. 

  6. With MC on weigh sultana's (or whichever dried fruit you're using) onto lid. 

  7. Knead 3mins/Closed lid/Dough mode. When there is about 1min to go remove MC so sultana's can fall into bowl. Help this process if necessary. 

  8. Set dough mix aside in a clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a clean cloth and stand in a warm place until dough doubles in size. Depending on the weather this can take from 40-60mins. I put my oven on 35deg and place the bowl in there if it is not a warm day. 

  9. Preheat oven to 200degC.

  10. Punch down dough and then knead well. You can either put it back in your TM bowl and knead 3mins/Closed lid/Dough mode or knead well by hand for about 4mins.

  11. Divide dough into 16-20 even sized portions. Form into balls and place them close together on a greased baking dish. 

  12. Stand in a warm place to prove for 20-30mins or until buns are 1.5 times their original size. 

  13. Paste for Crosses
  14. 1. Place all paste ingredients into clean TM bowl and mix 30sec/sp4.

  15. 2. Pour into piping bag and pipe crosses onto buns. 

  16. 3. Bake for about 20mins or until golden brown.

  17. Glaze
  18. 1. If you like your HCB's glazed then place water and sugar into TM Bowl and cook 2mins/100deg/sp4.

  19. 2. Brush buns with hot sugar syrup while still warm.

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Tip

This recipe is a bit more complex than some recipes but it really is worth the effort. Actual time spent at your Thermomix is quite minimal, most of the preparation time is rising time for the dough. 

Please note that this is supposed to be quite a wet/sticky dough. If you find it too sticky then you can add a bit more flour until you're happy with the texture, just be carefult that you don't add too much. To make the handling of the dough into rolls easier I like to oil my bench and my hands a little. 

Notes on YeastFresh yeast is worth sourcing as it makes a big difference to the end result. Fresh yeast can be broken into pieces and stored in an air tight container in the freezer. You will know that your yeast is still active when you add the flour and sugar in the first step. If it doesn't bubble then you'll know that you need to buy new yeast. 

VariationsYou can add all sorts of things to the basic dough depending on what you like. Sultana's, currents, cranberries are lovely but so are milk or white chocolate chips, caramel pieces etc. Let your imagination guide you. 

Want to make them the day before? Try this... If you want them ready early in the morning you can make them the day before and then just bake them for 12minutes. Then take them out, let them cool, store in an airtight container over night. Then in the morning preheat your oven to 200deg again and then bake them for the last 8 minutes. This way you can do 99% of the work the day before but still enjoy lovely fresh HCB's first thing in the morning (and maybe even enjoy a sleep in too!!).

Or if you have a bit more time in the morning you can do the first prove as a slow prove in the fridge over night. Follow the steps to knead the dough and then put it in a bowl and set aside to prove. At this stage cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge. In the morning pull it out of the fridge. If you have time it's worth letting it sit on the bench for a bit to come to room temperature. I've done both methods and think I get a slightly better result if I put it on the bench for a little while first. Now divide into portions, roll and let prove until they are 1.5 times the size then bake.

Special Thanks: A very special thanks must go to my wonderful aunt Barbara who has been making the non-thermie version of this recipe for over 30 years. I believe she got the recipe from a 1981 Womans Weekly. I converted the recipe and altered it slightly by adding more spices and fruit. She has been making these for our annual family "bun fight" for as long as I can remember and this day is looked forward to by our whole extended family every year. 


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  • Great recipe. I made 2 batches , one lot vegan by...

    Submitted by Susiejoy on 23. April 2019 - 07:55.

    Great recipe. I made 2 batches , one lot vegan by replacing butter with nuttelex, egg with egg replacer, milk with almond milk.
    Both batches were a huge success. I was generous with fruit & spices.
    I made them ahead of time and froze them individually wrapped in glad wrap and then in an airtight container. 20 secs each in the microwave and they were perfect !
    They also saved me a fortune with 8 people over Easter , and just as professional as any bakery , and super tasty and light. Thankyou for the recipe, clear instructions and tips.

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  • Wondeful recipe! Very clear instructions! They...

    Submitted by geehorn on 21. April 2019 - 14:52.

    Wondeful recipe! Very clear instructions! They turned out perfect, and were eaten in 2 seconds. Every said they were the best HCBs they have ever had! I did half raisins, half cranberries.

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  • These were nothing short of amazing. I replaced...

    Submitted by Kerryellis on 21. April 2019 - 08:10.

    These were nothing short of amazing. I replaced fruit with choc
    chips.
    I also cooked for the 12 mins last night and the extra 8 this morning.... they were 10 stars

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  • Thank you for sharing this recipe Bethy. The...

    Submitted by PPe on 20. April 2019 - 10:43.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe Bethy. The instructions were easy to follow and the tips were very helpful, as were people’s comments. Longer proving times were key for me. This is now my go-to recipe for fruit buns - I don’t think I can wait till next Easter before I try them again!

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  • I used this recipe yesterday and sent it off to a...

    Submitted by S1r1na on 19. April 2019 - 14:34.

    I used this recipe yesterday and sent it off to a group luncheon. My sister said they were delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe

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  • Made these for breakfast - so yummy, light....

    Submitted by sue_h8 on 19. April 2019 - 13:20.

    Made these for breakfast - so yummy, light. Everyone loved it. Only modification was that I used mixed fruit.

    Sue

    Thermomix fan

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  • This is a great recipe, really happy with the...

    Submitted by Candyb on 18. April 2019 - 22:17.

    This is a great recipe, really happy with the results.
    I doubled the dried fruit and included some chopped dates. Also doubled the spices.

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  • These are so delicious!! Deffinitely wont be...

    Submitted by Jennabree on 18. April 2019 - 14:50.

    These are so delicious!! Deffinitely wont be buying from the shops again! 😋

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  • I have hardly make bread, let alone hot cross...

    Submitted by vANILLA01 on 18. April 2019 - 08:21.

    I have hardly make bread, let alone hot cross buns, let alone use a thermomix!! Very impressed with these ones... Light, fluffy, right amount of sweetness.
    I did 2 full teaspoons of cinnamon and spice but perhaps could do with a little more?

    Made these for our works smoko and were very delicious! Did a white chocolate and cranberry combo.

    Did 3 teaspoons instead of 2 teaspoons of instant/dried yeast. Made the dough the night before, left in fridge overnight, got out first thing in the morning and let come to room temp. Rolled into 19 buns and were ready in time for 10am smoko.

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  • Chrissharon: I'm wanting to to make some choc chip...

    Submitted by Fabz on 16. April 2019 - 20:33.

    Chrissharon: I'm wanting to to make some choc chip ones tomorrow night. Did you use the mixed spice and cinnamon or swap it for cocoa?

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  • May be a silly question but what is bakers flour?...

    Submitted by JessHall on 16. April 2019 - 18:18.

    May be a silly question but what is bakers flour? What can I use instead?

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  • TeehaBlack: Did you end up trying these gluten...

    Submitted by Kyleacar on 16. April 2019 - 11:33.

    TeehaBlack: Did you end up trying these gluten free? Did they work ok? I

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  • Oh boy, I just made these and then immediately ate...

    Submitted by Julie_Webster on 12. April 2019 - 12:59.

    Oh boy, I just made these and then immediately ate THREE!!!! Piggy but they were soooooo good. I have made many HCBs in my lifetime but these are simply the BEST. Thank you.

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  • these are yummy thanks

    Submitted by Tigergirl76 on 11. April 2019 - 12:19.

    these are yummy thanks

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  • littlebun: I’d love to know this too! I’ll be...

    Submitted by TeehaBlack on 4. January 2019 - 19:25.

    littlebun: I’d love to know this too! I’ll be attempting tomorrow regardless so I’ll let you know x

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  • Would these be able to be made gluten free?

    Submitted by littlebun on 25. December 2018 - 23:13.

    Would these be able to be made gluten free?

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  • Amazing! My husband made 3 batches over Easter...

    Submitted by zoew-m on 1. May 2018 - 11:25.

    Amazing! My husband made 3 batches over Easter weekend! Fruit and chocolate varieties. Perfect for Kindy teacher gifts too ☺️

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  • Recommendations required...

    Submitted by Cinilea on 1. April 2018 - 20:47.

    Recommendations required
    My buns were a little dense. Scones turn out the same way and don't rise much. What should I try?
    These HCB's were very tasty though.

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  • These turned out beautifully! Very professional...

    Submitted by Melv12 on 1. April 2018 - 15:51.

    These turned out beautifully! Very professional looking, nice flavour and lovely texture but I’d probably add an extra pinch of salt and maybe a little more mixed spice next time. Otherwise wonderful!

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  • Awesome flavour light and fluffy!

    Submitted by jowk on 31. March 2018 - 12:19.

    Awesome flavour light and fluffy!

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  • These buns were light, fluffy and VERY well...

    Submitted by Carolyn18 on 31. March 2018 - 08:02.

    These buns were light, fluffy and VERY well received, thanks for the tips and comments. i will add more spice in tomorrow's batch.

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  • Made today and already onto my third!! Delicious...

    Submitted by carolyn-rae on 30. March 2018 - 14:40.

    Made today and already onto my third!! Delicious and perfect for my taste 😋

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  • Agree they are a little bit time consuming but...

    Submitted by rnei1210 on 19. May 2017 - 14:11.

    Agree they are a little bit time consuming but very light and fluffy. I added 75g of sugar as I was making a fruit free version. Next time I would also add more spice as lacked a little bit of flavour. Perhaps 3 tsp of each rather than 2? My batch made 16 very good size buns. Will try this again with a few tweeks!

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  • Thank you for this lovely recipe I used it with a...

    Submitted by sisterkate on 5. May 2017 - 11:17.

    Thank you for this lovely recipe, I used it with a few little variations to make it sugar-free and they were delicious. I omitted the sugar, put a little rice malt syrup and vanilla in, and doubled the dried fruit.

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  • Easy recipe to make Great instructions Buns werent...

    Submitted by KarmCooking on 30. April 2017 - 20:21.

    Easy recipe to make. Great instructions. Buns weren't as sweet as I'd expected although they were nice. Mine needed an extra 10 - 15 mins cooking time. From previous comments had expected these to be light and airy - yes, they were but not to the extend I was expecting. But I would try this recipe again as this was my first success with Hot Cross Buns!! Wink

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  • I love this recipe Ive made it a couple of...

    Submitted by gabiherlin on 29. April 2017 - 22:51.

    I love this recipe! I've made it a couple of weekends ago for Easter and will make it again tomorrow. Love the flavour, texture, how fluffy and moist it is. Thank you!

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  • Sensational!...

    Submitted by PinkSwan on 18. April 2017 - 16:36.

    Sensational!
    going to added mixed peel next time.

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  • These are amazing! My family loved them thank you!

    Submitted by The Reads on 17. April 2017 - 18:04.

    These are amazing! My family loved them thank you!

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  • Brilliant recipe. Easy to follow and great...

    Submitted by Mchaggis on 16. April 2017 - 19:00.

    Brilliant recipe. Easy to follow and great results. Thanks for sharing!!

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  • Enjoying freshly baked, soft and fluffy buns on...

    Submitted by lkho7817 on 16. April 2017 - 17:20.

    Enjoying freshly baked, soft and fluffy buns on this Easter Sunday!

    Made a few variations:
    Only had dry yeast, used 3 teaspoons rather than just 2.
    Didn't have any baker's flour left so used half regular plain flour, half wholemeal plain flour and it turned out great!
    Instead of the egg I used 1 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 2 tbsp water, left to form a gel before adding.

    Used 2 tsp each of the spices, as others have commented I would add a bit more next time. Doing the second knead and rise is well worth waiting for (I was impatient on my first attempt and I got what I deserved - hard and dense. Not so this time!). Thanks for a great recipe.

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  • Looked good and tasted delicious. Thanks for a...

    Submitted by juzzy71 on 16. April 2017 - 07:22.

    Looked good and tasted delicious. Thanks for a great recipe.

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  • Mine were a bit sticky, but were AMAZING! Thanks...

    Submitted by carlyo on 14. April 2017 - 20:29.

    Mine were a bit sticky, but were AMAZING! Thanks for such an awesome recipe!

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  • These are so soft and fluffy! Best reciepe for hcb...

    Submitted by MoizD68 on 14. April 2017 - 19:28.

    These are so soft and fluffy! Best reciepe for hcb ⭐️

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  • Excellent ! Easter

    Submitted by Cakeitkerrie on 14. April 2017 - 18:18.

    Excellent !

    Easter Hot Cross BunsEaster Hot Cross Buns

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  • Quondongz:you are using powdered yeast, not fresh,...

    Submitted by Betstrath on 14. April 2017 - 17:32.

    Quondongz:you are using powdered yeast, not fresh, therefore it won't bubble. See step 4.

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  • Delicious! Can't stop eating them they are...

    Submitted by sharonjoym on 14. April 2017 - 12:27.

    Delicious! Can't stop eating them they are definitely light and fluffy have already made 2 batches so much better than store bought! Smile

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  • These were so delicious, light and fluffy. Making...

    Submitted by Ljc2809 on 14. April 2017 - 10:35.

    These were so delicious, light and fluffy. Making a second batch today!

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  • Hot ...

    Submitted by glorelid on 13. April 2017 - 23:52.

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    Very nice recipe. I made it fruitless. I'll make it again but will add more sugar. I guess that if using sultanas more sugar will not be necessary

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  • Delicious and lovely fluffy buns . Just had a...

    Submitted by Spicy Chick on 11. April 2017 - 15:17.

    Delicious and lovely fluffy buns . Just had a problem dispersing the sultanas throughout the dough evenly . Other than that , they were very good.

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  • I make hot cross buns all the time and often use...

    Submitted by bjajun on 9. April 2017 - 11:43.

    I make hot cross buns all the time and often use the EDC recipe. Have tried lots of different ones this Easter and this recipe worked the best. Lovely soft fluffy buns. I would highly recommend long prove times - this is the secret I think

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  • Amazing! I'm not really skilled at making breads...

    Submitted by Caitlin Low on 8. April 2017 - 23:20.

    Amazing! I'm not really skilled at making breads but this was light and fluffy!

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  • I cannot get my yeast to bubble for the life of...

    Submitted by Quondongz on 8. April 2017 - 13:17.

    I cannot get my yeast to bubble for the life of me! tmrc_emoticons.-( Im on my third round of pwd yeast.

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  • We swoped the sugar for Figs & Dates and leave the...

    Submitted by Mushroomsalad on 20. March 2017 - 19:48.

    We swoped the sugar for Figs & Dates and leave the other fruit away. They are so absolutely super awesome. Baked last week 4 times!

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  • OMG I just finished baking these. First time ....

    Submitted by Stella.easton on 18. March 2017 - 16:33.

    OMG I just finished baking these. First time . They are delishes. I've made myself stop at one but I'd like to devour some more. Thanks for the recipe

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  • Light and fluffy! These didn't disappoint!

    Submitted by APearce on 16. March 2017 - 16:53.

    Light and fluffy! These didn't disappoint!

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  • OH my oh my...

    Submitted by Chrissharon on 6. March 2017 - 20:21.

    OH my oh my

    My first time making HCBs, I had no fruit so used Chocolate chips instead - they taste just like the real ones from the shops! Thank you soo much for the recipe

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  • I like mine a little more spicey but these would...

    Submitted by Louisa1979 on 8. February 2017 - 15:52.

    I like mine a little more spicey but these would be great for kids that like it mild/not overpowering.

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  • Fantastic receipe even though

    Submitted by Mylinda on 28. June 2016 - 11:43.

    Fantastic receipe even though i fogot the egg!!!

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  • Whoops forgot the egg but

    Submitted by Mylinda on 28. June 2016 - 11:42.

    Whoops forgot the egg but still tasted amazing!!!

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  • Fantastic recipe! im a first

    Submitted by GinStar on 30. March 2016 - 18:17.

    Fantastic recipe! im a first timer making HCB & this recipe will be a keeper. High & fluffy with lots of fruit mmmm. Thank you so much for posting. 

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