4 Easy Twists With Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Hot cross bun toppings

Give hot cross buns a twist this Easter with these inspired fillings, and try making your own

Try our hot cross buns recipes, then check out our best Easter cakes and our best-ever Easter recipe ideas.


Want to make your own buns? Follow out our easy recipe for hot cross buns or check out our vegan hot cross buns for a dairy and egg-free version. Use up any leftovers in this indulgent hot cross bun bread and butter pudding.

Cheddar and mango chutney melt

  • Split and toast a hot cross bun, then add slices of mature cheddar to the base and grill until melted.
  • Spread the top with mango chutney, then sandwich and serve.

Nutella s’mores hot cross bun

  • Split and toast a hot cross bun, then cover the base with 3-4 marshmallows.
  • Slide under a grill until golden and melted.
  • Spread the top bun thickly with Nutella, then sandwich and serve.

Strawberries and cream hot cross bun

  • Slice a handful of strawberries then toss with 1 tsp icing sugar and leave to macerate.
  • Mix 2 tbsp of soft cheese with 1 tsp icing sugar and a drop of vanilla extract.
  • Spread the cheese onto a toasted hot cross bun, then top with the strawberries.

Elvis hot cross bun

  • Split and toast a hot cross bun, then spread one side with peanut butter and the other with chilli jam.
  • Fill with 2-3 rashers of grilled crispy bacon and serve.