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.

Cranberry and Lime Hot Cross Buns in a wicker basket on straw for Easter.

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 colours and smells were a feast for the senses.

the fresh hot cross bun dough ready to be shaped.

Even at this time the dough looked and smelled and incredible. Even with all the fruit I was so surprised how much the dough rose when it was proving.

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! I think out of the whole recipe this is the bit I need to master. I don’t think they’ve ever looked bad yet. If they did they were eaten. So they didn’t exist!

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. They were so shiny when they were fresh out of the oven. The glaze worked beautifully. We all ate them when they were still warm and they were amazing. What a treat!

Cranberry and Lime Hot Cross Buns hot out of the oven

Cranberry and Lime Hot Cross Buns Recipe

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5 from 6 votes

Cranberry and Lime Hot Cross Buns

My Cranberry and Lime Hot Cross Buns are a super twist on the classic treat for Easter.
Prep Time3 hrs
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Bakes, Bread, Sweet Treats
Cuisine: British, English
Keyword: Cranberry and Lime Hot Cross Buns, cranberry hot cross buns, lime hot cross buns
Servings: 12 hot cross buns
Calories: 140kcal
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


  • Sieve the flour into a large bowl and add the salt, sugar and yeast.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Add the cranberries, currants, mixed peel, lime zest, mixed spice and cinnamon to the dough and knead in until evenly spread through the dough.
  • Pop the dough into lightly oiled bowl and leave for at least an hour until doubled in size. I left it for 2 hours.
  • Take the dough from the bowl and give it a quick knead to get the air out.
  • Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  • Divide into 12 and place the balls on the tray with about a 1cm gap between them.
  • Place the baking tray somewhere warm for 1 hour for the buns to rise.
  • Meanwhile, heat your oven to 220°C/200°C fan.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  • 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.
  • 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

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  • Nisha

    March 31, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Wow cranberry and lime is such an interesting combination.. These look lovely though, packed with fruit, just how I like them x

    5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 31, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Thank you 🙂 I agree they should be packed with fruit. It makes them so nice x

  • vicky

    March 31, 2015 at 10:18 am

    OMG! sounds amazing and will be trying these out over the weekend, I love hot cross buns5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 31, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Thank you! I hope you like them a lot x

  • Laura

    March 31, 2015 at 10:49 am

    These look so incredible! I am partial to a hot cross bun, I may have to indulge this weekend!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 31, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Thank you! This is the weekend to indulge in Hot Cross Buns x

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