My sweet hot cross buns are a super twist on this classic Easter treat with a kick of lime and plenty of dried cranberries and other fruit!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 3hrs
Cook Time 20mins
Total Time 3hrs20mins
Course Bakes, Bread, Sweet Treats
Cuisine British, English
Servings 12hot cross buns
500gstrong white bread flourplus extra for dusting
120mlwarm semi skimmed milk
80gchopped mixed peel
Zest of 2 limes
2teaspoonsof mixed spice
For the crosses
75gplain flour / all purpose flour
For the glaze
100gHartleys’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.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
I would love to hear what you thought about this recipe. Please leave a comment on the blog post.
Recipe by Sisley White at Sew White www.sewwhite.com