Australian Native Spiced Hot Cross Buns

Bring this traditional Easter recipe home for a bit of local flavour and enjoy the new aromas as they bake in the oven!



  1. Sift flour, salt and spices together in a bowl then rub in the butter with your fingers
  2. Add the zest, yeast and sugar
  3. Beat eggs separately before adding with the milk to the dry mixture
  4. Once it is mixed into a soft dough turn out onto a floured bench and knead in the fruit lightly for 3-5 mins
  5. Place dough in greased bowl as a large bowl, cover with tea towel and set aside for an hour
  6. Turn out onto floured bench and again knead quickly. Put back in bowl and cover for another 30 mins. Be careful not to overwork the dough.
  7. Pre heat oven to 200°C
  8. Line baking tray with baking paper
  9. Mix self raising flour and water for crosses
  10. Turn out once more and form individual balls from the mixture before flattening with your finger
  11. Cover and rest for 15 mins
  12. Pipe the crosses onto the top of each bun
  13. Bake for 10 mins in the oven
  14. Reduce oven temperature to 180°C and bake for a further 15 mins
  15. Brush the buns with warm jam while hot

This recipe was adapted from Rebecca Sullivan’s article in NITV

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