Cranberry and Lime Hot Cross Buns

March 30, 2019Sew White

My Cranberry and Lime Hot Cross Buns are a super twist on the classic treat for Easter.

I have never made hot cross buns before but when given the opportunity to add my own twist on the classic I couldn’t say no. I love the flavours of cranberry and lime and it worked so well in the hot cross buns. I’ve already got family orders to make more this week.

I loved my wicker basket filled with hot cross buns, it was too cute!

How to make Hot Cross Buns

the bright reds and browns of the fruit and spices ready for the hot cross buns.

The gorgeous fruit and spices ready to be kneaded into the dough.

the fresh hot cross bun dough ready to be shaped.

Even at this time the dough looked and smelled and incredible

hot cross bun dough after it's prove studded with cranberries and lime

I loved drawing the crosses on the buns although I made the flour paste a little too runny but it worked!

Drawing the cross on the hot cross buns.

After baking the kitchen smelled divine and I desperately waiting for them to cool so I could eat one.

Cranberry and Lime Hot Cross Buns hot out of the oven

Cranberry and Lime Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Cranberry and Lime Hot Cross Buns

Servings 12 hot cross buns
Author Sisley White


  • 500 g strong white bread flour plus extra for dusting
  • 10 g salt
  • 10 g instant yeast
  • 80 g caster sugar
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 120 ml warm semi skimmed milk
  • 100 ml cool water
  • 75 g cranberries
  • 75 g currants
  • 80 g chopped mixed peel
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • 2 teaspoons of mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

For the crosses

  • 75 g plain flour
  • 75 ml water

For the glaze

  • 100 g Hartleys’s smooth apricot jam


  1. Sieve the flour into a large bowl and add the salt, sugar and yeast.
  2. Add the soft butter, eggs, milk and half the water. Here is where it gets messy. With one hand start bring all the mix together. Add a little more water if you need it to make a soft but not soggy dough

  3. Tip the dough from the bowl and knead for 5-10 minutes with a little flour to stop it sticking to the work top until smooth.

  4. Add the cranberries, currants, mixed peel, lime zest, mixed spice and cinnamon to the dough and knead in until evenly spread through the dough.

  5. Pop the dough into lightly oiled bowl and leave for at least an hour until doubled in size. I left it for 2 hours.

  6. Take the dough from the bowl and give it a quick knead to get the air out.

  7. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

  8. Divide into 12 and place the balls on the tray with about a 1cm gap between them.

  9. Place the baking tray somewhere warm for 1 hour for the buns to rise.

  10. Meanwhile, heat your oven to 220°C/200°C fan.

  11. For the crosses mix the flour and water in to a thick paste. Pop the flour paste into a piping bag and draw the crosses across the buns.

  12. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

  13. While the hot cross buns are baking warm the apricot jam as soon as it’s baked remove from the oven and brush over the tops of the warm buns to glaze.

  14. Leave to cool slightly before tucking in.

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Cranberry and Lime Hot Cross Buns on a checked cloth in a wicker basket

I was sent a gorgeous basket with Hartley’s apricot and blueberry jam to have with my homemade hot cross buns. The apricot jam works incredible well as the glaze for the hot cross buns as soon as they come out of the oven. The blueberry jam tastes fantastic with the buns when they are still slightly warm. Blueberry really compliments the cranberry and lime without over powering it.

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I’m entering these hot cross buns into Lucy at Supergolden Bakes weekly round up #CookBlogShare.


I am also entering these cookies into the Tea Time Treat being hosted by Janie at The Hedgecombers and Karen at Lavender and Lovage.
The theme this month is biscuits and cookies. #teatimetreats

Tea Time Treats

Check out my other sweet treat recipes


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