Hot Cross Buns – PnP Namibia
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Hot Cross Buns

Recipe Details



  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast – any type (active dry, rapid rise, instant)
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar (superfine sugar), or sub with normal white sugar
  • 1/2cup (125 ml) warm water
  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk, lukewarm, whole or low fat,
  • 4 cups (600g) bread flour + extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 tsp All Spice OR Mixed Spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 – 2 oranges , zest only
  • 1 1/2 cups (210g) sultanas
  • 50g/ 3.5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten with fork



  • 1/2 cup flour, any white flour
  • 5 tbsp water



  • 1 tbsp apricot jam
  • 2 tsp water



  1. Place the yeast and 2 teaspoons of the sugar in a medium bowl, then pour in water. Leave for 5 minutes until it froths.
  2. Place flour, remaining sugar, salt and spices in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. Make a well in the center. Add remaining Buns ingredients and pour in the yeast liquid, including all froth.
  4. Mix until combined with wooden spoon – it will be like a thick muffin batter. Not pourable, but thick and sticky.
  5. dough will triple in size and be bubbly on the surface.


RISE # 1:

  • Spray a piece of cling wrap lightly with oil (any), then place over the tray.
  • Return tray to warm place and leave for 45 min – 1 hour, until the dough has risen by about 75% (less than double in size).
  • Partway through Rise #2, preheat oven to 180C/350F (all oven types).



  1. Mix flour and water until a runny paste forms – see video for thickness required.
  2. Spoon into a round 3 mm piping bag or small ziplock bag then snip corner.
  3. Remove the cling wrap and pipe crosses onto the buns. Go slow so it hugs the curves.



  1. Bake for 22 minutes, or until the surface is a deep golden brown. The surface colour is the best test for this recipe.
  2. Meanwhile, place jam and water in a bowl, microwave for 30 seconds. Mix to combine.
  3. Remove buns from oven. Brush with jam mixture while warm.
  4. Use overhang to lift buns onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool to warm before serving.