Make your own hot cross buns, or check out our chocolate hot cross buns and vegan hot cross buns. Use any leftovers in our hot cross bun bread and butter pudding.

We've also got plenty more exciting Easter baking ideas to try, including an Easter cheesecake, Easter simnel cake and Easter biscuits.

Want to know the best supermarket hot cross buns? Read the results of our expert taste test.


  • 450g strong white bread flour
  • 7g sachet easy bake yeast
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • a good grating nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 100g flame raisins or golden sultanas
  • 50g chopped mixed candied peel
  • 225ml whole milk, warmed
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 50g plain flour
  • 3 tbsp marmalade


  • STEP 1

    Mix the flour, yeast, spices, sugar and 1 tsp salt in a bowl, then stir in the raisins and peel.

  • STEP 2

    Make a well in the centre then add the milk, melted butter and beaten egg. Mix with a butter knife, then use your hands to bring everything together as a dough. Tip out onto a floured worksurface and knead for a few minutes until smooth.

  • STEP 3

    Put back in a clean, lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and leave somewhere warm for 1½-2 hours until doubled in volume.

  • STEP 4

    Tip out onto a lightly floured worksurface and knead briefly. Divide into 12 equal pieces and shape each piece into a round bun. Arrange on a large, lightly oiled, baking sheet. Cover with lightly oiled clingfilm and leave until doubled in size again.

  • STEP 5

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. To make the cross, mix the plain flour with water to make a stiff but pipeable paste (3-4 tbsp). Put in a piping bag with a small nozzle. Use a sharp knife to score a light cross on each, then pipe crosses following the lines.

  • STEP 6

    Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and risen. While still warm, melt the marmalade with a splash of water. Sieve into a small bowl then brush over each bun.

More hot cross bun ideas below:

Chocolate hot cross buns

For a chocolate twist on an Easter staple give these brioche-style buns a go, studded with chocolate chips and finished with a salted caramel cross.

An oven tray of chocolate hot cross buns on a wooden board with a green background

Cheesy hot cross buns

These cheesy hot cross buns are a great twist on a classic, swapping sweet currants for parmesan, cheddar and cayenne pepper.

A baking tray of hot cross buns topped with melted cheese on a grey linen cloth

Vegan hot cross buns

Check out our plant-based version of classic hot cross buns for a vegan-friendly morning treat

12 hot cross buns on a surface

Hot cross bun French toast

Put any stale hot cross buns to delicious use with this spiced French toast recipe, laced with Cointreau.

Hot cross bun French toast with fresh orange slices


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Adam BushDeputy food editor

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