How to make Hot Cross Buns -

A festival speciality eaten mostly on Good Friday with a sugar glaze on top.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Cakes and Bakes.

Main Ingredients : Refined flour, Fresh yeast (ताज़ी यीस्ट/ ख़मीर )

Cuisine : British

Course : Breads

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Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns Recipe Card


British cuisine has always been a multicultural - a pot pourri of eclectic styles.  However Britain's culinary expertise is not new! In the past British cooking was amongst the best in the world.  Traditional British cuisine is substantial, yet simple and wholesome. 
British cuisine today has a variety that wipes off the image of grey boiled meat.   In London especially, one can not only experiment with the best of British, but the best of the world as there are many distinct ethnic cuisines to sample, Chinese, Indian, Italian and Greek restaurants are amongst the most popular.

Prep Time : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve :

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Hot Cross Buns Recipe

  • Refined flour 3 1/4 cups

  • Fresh yeast 2 teaspoons

  • Sugar 3 1/2 tablespoons

  • Lukewarm milk 1 1/2 cups

  • Salt a pinch

  • Butter 2 tablespoons

  • Tutti frutti 1/2 cup

  • For glaze

  • Sugar 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Sieve flour and salt into a large bowl. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water and keep aside. Dissolve sugar and water in another bowl.

Step 2

Add both mixtures to the sifted flour and mix. Add milk, a little at time, till all of it is incorporated into the dough. Knead till the dough is soft and smooth.

Step 3

Cover with a damp cloth and rest the dough till it doubles in volume. Preheat oven to 240°C/475°F/Gas Mark 9. Knock back* the dough and add tutti frutti.

Step 4

Form into round buns (how many), marking a cross on the top with the back of a knife. You can also cut very thin strips of dough and arrange them on the top of the buns in a cross.

Step 5

Set them aside to rise for another fifteen minutes on a gresed tray. Bake in the preheated oven for ten minutes.

Step 6

Mix the sugar with a tablespoon of water and heat gently till the sugar dissolves. Brush the buns with this mixture immediately on taking them out of the oven.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.