Kids In the Kitchen – Hot Cross Buns

Still keeping with the Easter theme here, this week we made Hot Cross buns. I’ve not made them before and I really wish they were a little easier and quicker to make. The end result was very yummy though, more in a little while.

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I’d like to say thank you to last weeks linkers.
Baked Potato Mummy and little Potato gave us these delicious Easter Muffins, fruit cakes with marzipan and mini eggs, they sound like a winner to me.
Blogger Mummy Lauren gave us a double delight with these yummy Easter Empire/German biscuits, two biscuits layered with jam, truly mouthwatering.
The lovely Beesley family gave us adorable Iced Buns and amazing Banana Splits, Little Miss T is a great helper and the boys are brilliant at improvisation.
Finally, the Single Parent Pessimist and little Chunk show us a whole host of summer activities and how to make slushies and ice lollies. I can’t wait for summer now.

Hot Cross Buns.


200ml warm milk
50g butter
500g strong bread flour
1tsp salt
75g caster sugar
1 7gm packet of fast action yeast
2 eggs
125g mixed fruit for cakes 
1 tsp mixed spice
for the crosses; 2 tbs plain flour, 1 tbs water
for the glaze; 2tbs milk, 1 tbs caster sugar


Boo was my helper today, although the Little Man had a turn at kneeding the dough too.
First up we put all the dry ingredients in a bowl, flour, sugar, yeast, salt and Boo gave it a good mix.

Next we added the butter and Boo set to rubbing it in.

Then she added the fruit.
Then she added the beaten eggs and the milk.

The dough was really sticky so we did use a little extra flour to be able to kneed it properly.
Adding too much flour can make the end result a little heavy, but we added just enough for it to be a little less sticky and the buns turned out light and fluffy.

Then comes the boring bit….you leave the dough in a bowl covered with a damp tea towel for at least an hour, until it has doubled in size.

The dough is then diveded into balls, the recipe said 12 but we only managed 10.
Then the balls are put on a greased baking tray, covered loosely with a plastic bag, making sure that the bag doesn’t touch the dough, and left for another 45 minutes to rise again.

Just before cooking we made a mixture of flour and water and put it into a piping bag. Then we piped crosses on the top of each bun.

The buns were cooked on Gas mark 5 for 15 minutes.
While cooking I made a glaze of milk and sugar by warming the milk and dissolving the sugar in it, which I used to coat the buns as soon as they came out of the oven.

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  1. April 18, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    Aww I have a post for this linky! This is a nice one as my son loves baking. I have to confess tho that I just buy him those boxed one but he really loves to do them to bits! #pocolo

    • April 18, 2014 / 9:53 pm

      there is nothing wrong with using packet mixes, or boxes, we do sometimes, especially when the Little Man sees the boxes of Peppa Pig cakes in the supermarket. 🙂

  2. April 18, 2014 / 5:58 pm

    They look yummy (even though I don't actually like hot cross buns). I think my children would like that.

  3. April 18, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    They have turned out looking really fab – you must have been so pleased with them! I know what you mean about the boring bit – we found the same with the iced buns because they have two provings too. thanks for the mention in your post. x

  4. April 18, 2014 / 10:23 pm

    oh wow they look very yummy!! You're making me hungry lol. must try making some of these with my little boy, thanks for the recipe. #PoCoLo

  5. April 19, 2014 / 10:52 pm

    These look amazing! We normally buy hot cross buns as I presumed they would be difficult to make. I feel another baling session coming on tomorrow as I have the ingredients for these in already 🙂

  6. April 20, 2014 / 4:36 pm

    These look SO gorgeous 🙂 I saw your photo on Facebook so I was looking forward to seeing the recipe – thank you for sharing with PoCoLo x I have a Sweetpea Pantry post to write up so we should be with you this week or next 🙂

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