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hot cross buns
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Hot cross buns - with wholemeal flour

Hot cross buns are great with tea.
Prep Time1 hr 25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Breads, Breakfast
Cuisine: English
Keyword: buns for tea poem pictures, hot cross bun, hot cross buns, hot cross buns song, tekaka, wholemeal hot cross buns
Servings: 8


  • 2.5 cups flour 1-¼th cup plain flour and 1-¼th cup wholewheat flour
  • 2 tablespoon flax seeds with 125 ml/1/2 cup warm water optional
  • 2-½ teaspoon yeast in ½ cup water +½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • cup+ more water to knead into soft dough
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup raisins+currants
  • 1 4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

For the cross buns paste

  • ¼ cup Self raising flour
  • water for the paste

For the glaze

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • Mix the flax seed meal with ½ cup water and keep it aside.
  • Add sugar to lukewarm water, mix until it dissolves. Add yeast to sugar water, so that it activates. This will make the mix frothy and activate in 15 minutes.
  • Add this yeast and flax seed mix to the flour with salt.
  • Start mixing the dough while adding the remaining water.The dough needs to be a little wet and sticky, this will help the buns to rise and come out with a soft texture.
  • Knead the dough, this will be sticky at the start, Add oil to remaining ingredients. Keep it aside for 30 minutes to rise.
  • Once it has doubled, punch it down,add currants,berries,spice etc and knead it again.
  • Divide the flour in 9/16 equal portions, give them a round shape using oiled hands,and arrange them in an oiled baking tray with some space in between the buns.
  • Let it rest for 30 minutes. You will see the dough rise and sides might touch each other.
  • Preheat the oven at 200 degrees(fan forced) for 10 minutes.
  • Make a paste of the flour and water,add it to a piping bag or a plastic bag and trim the tip.
  • Bake the buns for 12-15 minutes at 200 degrees,make the cross with the paste,bake further for 8-10 minutes or until the buns sound hollow when knocked on top.
  • Mix the ingredients with hot milk(keep it in a ramekin in the oven for few minutes)
  • Take out the buns tray and brush the buns with glaze while its still hot.
  • Let is rest on a tray for an hour so that it cools down.


Serving: 2g