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South African Style Hot Cross Buns

Cooking time less than 2 hours

Main ingredients

  • 1.49 pounds flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 grating nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 5.5 tablespoons mixed peel
  • 2 ounces seedless raisins
  • 1.5 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 3.5 ounces soft butter
  • 2 extra-large eggs, beaten


  • 1/2 cup organic flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 ml baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water

Makes 16 buns

  • Mix all the dry ingredients into a bowl. Stir through peel and raisins.
  • Mix wet ingredients and yeast in a jug and whisk to combine.
  • Make a well in the centre of dry ingredients and add milk mixture.
  • Mix well to form a soft dough.
  • Tip dough on a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes or until soft and elastic. Set aside to rise until doubled in size.
  • Knock dough back and divide into 16 small balls.
  • Place balls on a greased baking tray slightly apart (about an inch).
  • Set aside to rise in a warm place until doubled in size.


  • Mix flour, butter and baking powder with enough water to make a slightly runny paste.
  • Spoon paste into a piping bag (or Ziploc bag with the tip snipped off).
  • Pipe thin crosses on buns.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  • Mix glaze ingredients together and brush hot buns with glaze.
  • Leave in a switched off oven, thatโ€™s still warm, for 5 minutes to set glaze.
  • Remove and cool on a wire rack.


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