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Recipe for Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

If we are talking all things food, Easter is the time of hot cross buns.

You know that I like to make my family’s food from scratch… last year I made these home made hot cross buns and this year I have used that recipe to create a new one with a healthier base recipe, but with decadent treats added! Yes that does mean that the improvements I made in making the buns with less sugar and butter, are cancelled by the addition of chocolate!

To make up for that I have added a recipe variation at the end of the recipe.  My family voted this more decadent one as the best flavor.

Recipe for Hot Cross Buns
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Hot Cross Buns Recipe made with cranberries, white chocolate and lime zest. A home made Easter treat.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 16
  • 14 grams of dried yeast
  • 200 ml warm water
  • 40 grams butter - softened
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 65 grams castor sugar (1/4 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 550 grams bakers flour (plain flour)
  • 150 grams dried cranberries
  • 125 grams white chocolate- chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • zest of 1 lime finely chopped
  1. Add the yeast to the warm water, stir to combine and set aside for about 5 minutes
  2. Mix the butter, coconut oil and sugar together
  3. Add the egg and beat until the mixture is creamy in appearance and well combined
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon to combine
  5. Once combined tip onto a very lightly floured board and knead gently until the mixture is springy and soft.
  6. Once the dough feels like a good consistency, rest it in a lightly greased bowl covered with a tea towel in a warm location for at least 30 minutes. It should increase in size
  7. Line a baking tray with baking paper
  8. Remove the tea towel once the dough has expanded and create equal sized small balls (around a golf ball size) and place closely together on the baking tray
  9. Cover with a tea towel and set aside again for another 30-40 minutes
  10. The buns will expand again and should be almost touching, or touching
  11. Heat the oven to 200 degrees
  12. If you wish to make a cross on the top of the buns mix 3 tablespoons of plain flour with enough cold water to make a paste and put the paste into a piping bag
  13. Place a cross on each bun (if desired)
  14. Cook until the buns are golden on top
  15. Cool for 5 minutes and eat
Recipe Variations: Replace the white chocolate and fresh blueberries with 125 grams of dried fruit and 2 tablespoons of cocao nibs. Substitute the lime zest for lemon zest.

On the topic of Easter, I have to admit that I get overwhelmed and a little annoyed by the amount of chocolate that my children receive. If you feel similar, you may be interested in my recipe for an alternative to Easter Eggs in my post at Childhood 101 this month. It is a fun recipe to make with the kids and makes a lovely gift.

You may have noticed that I am trialling a new format that allows you to print the recipe without the need to filter out the rest of the content of the page. I would love to know if you find this useful.

I personally find this feature encourages me to try a recipe, plus I am getting annoyed with filtering my own content when I want to print one of my recipes.

Do you like this recipe (print) feature?  Should I continue with this format or ditch it?







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  • Kate Trickett March 19, 2013, 3:02 pm

    As soon as I saw the print button, I was excited! That is perfect and saves having the laptop or ipad around whilst cooking!

    Thank you for your print button!!


    • Kyrstie March 19, 2013, 8:02 pm

      Thanks so much Kate, great to have the feedback. K

  • Emily March 19, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Thanks Kyrstie, looks yummy! And I love the fruit balls on Childhood 101, I was trying to think of something to make for my dairy/egg/soy allergic child to enjoy for easter. He’s previously been happy without, but I think this year is the first year he will notice others with chocolate and want to try it.

    I do like the format, for the occasional time I’d like to print a recipe 🙂 I often cut and paste into a word document otherwise.

    • Kyrstie March 19, 2013, 8:07 pm

      You have made my day Emily! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment. I am so pleased that you can make the Fruit Truffles for your little one. I hope that they are enjoyed. Kyrstie

  • Nat March 20, 2013, 4:09 pm

    They look delicious! We’re not eating sugar this month (only have 1.5 weeks left) so looking forward to giving these a go once we come off this fast. (although I don’t want to eat anywhere near as much as we used too – it’s my vise :/)

    • Kyrstie March 20, 2013, 8:27 pm

      Good luck with your challenge Nat. You are doing it at a tough time of year so well done! K

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