Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hot Cross Buns (Deila Smith)

My very 1st time baking this Easter classic - Hot Cross Bun .  Tasty spiced sticky soft buns best eaten on the day they're made .  I love the flavour of  orange peels in this buns that makes them so festive .  YUM


Hot Cross Buns
Adapted from Deila online .com

150 ml warm water
50g sugar + 1tsp
1 tbsp  dried yeast
450g flour ( I've used bread flour)
1 tsp salt
1tsp mixed spice
75g currants
50g cut mixed peels ( I used orange peels)
40-55 ml warmed milk
1 egg-beaten
50g melted butter

For the cross
50g flour
5-6 tbsp water

For the glaze:
2 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp water


1) Stir 1 tsp sugar with warm water & sprinkle in yeast . Leave it for 10 mins or till a good frothy 'beer' head forms.

2)  Sift the flour, salt and mixed spice into a mixing bowl and add the remaining  sugar, the currants and mixed peel. Then make a well in the centre, pour in the yeast mixture plus 40 ml of warm milk , the beaten egg and the melted butter. Mix it to a dough, starting with a wooden spoon and finishing with your hands (add a spot more milk if it needs it)

3)  Transfer the dough on to a clean surface and knead it until it feels smooth and elastic – about 6 minutes. Now pop it back into the bowl, cover the bowl with a lightly oiled plastic bag, and leave it in a warm place to rise  about an hour to double its original size. Then turn it out and knead it again, back down to its original size.

4)  Pre-heat the oven to 220°C . Divide the mixture into 12 round portions (about 80 - 90g each) , arrange them on the greased baking sheet (allowing plenty of room for expansion), and make a deep cross on each one with a sharp knife. Leave them to rise once more, covering again with the oiled polythene bag, for about 25 minutes.  For the cross : in a small bowl add in flour & gradually add in 5 to 6 tbsp water .  Mixing in each adition to make a thick paste  . Spoon this mixture in a piping bag &  pipe across on each bun . Bake the buns for 15 mins till golden brown .

5) For the glaze : Melt the sugar and 2 tablespoons of water for the glaze over a gentle heat and brush the buns with it as soon as they come out of the oven, to make them nice and sticky


  1. Kit these look absolutely perfect! Making these tonight after work!

  2. Love those little knitted bunnies too.

  3. Well, well, look at you Kit, your first Hot Cross Buns! You did terrific! They look heavenly! I really should get my butt moving and make Marion some Hot Cross Buns. Thanks for the inspiration:)

  4. Nice buns Kit, I too have not baked these before...looks yummy!

  5. Hi Kit, your hot cross bun looks very good. I think I've bookmarked this recipe for 3 years and still haven't made it yet. :P

  6. They looked absolutely fab!!! I loved hot cross buns too..esp with lots of butter:))

  7. I know these buns must taste awesome as Delia's recipe never failed to impress and it taste yummy

  8. Kit, these sound delicious. I am sure they would be great for Easter, but I think that they would be a hit year round.

  9. One of the prettiest hot cross buns I have seen!

  10. Kit , I've been eyeing Delia's recipe as well :D I haven't baked any bread for months , too lazy to knead *sigh* I'll stop by later to try a piece or two of your beautifully-baked hot cross buns , okay ? lol

  11. This looks perfect for easter! Very nicely done..

  12. I just made hot cross buns too! Your cross piping is very well done and love that shiny glaze on the buns too.

  13. Hi Kit,
    Lovely hot cross buns! I have never tried making them before, only thought of many, many times!! LOL
    These are perfect for tea-time with a cup of warm tea!
    Thanks for linking!

  14. Oh these are so cute, Kit. Happy Easter to you and family!

  15. Hi Kit,

    Pardon me for being late for my Easter greeting! :p Late is better than never... hee hee Happy Belated Easter!!!

    Your hot cross buns looks fantastic!