How to make Hot Cross Buns

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Side shot of a tray of Hot Cross Buns with butter on side

Hot Crossed Buns are a popular traditional treat served during the Easter Celebration for most Christians. This dish is another example of Trinidad's cultural melting pot, where we as a people enjoy celebrating our cultural and religious differences through great-tasting foods. The story behind Hot Crossed Buns came to the Caribbean with European settlers during the colonial days. As part of the Christian calendar of events, Easter marks the end of Lent, a time of fasting and prayer. The Hot Crossed Buns are usually served on Good Friday to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is where the buns get their iconic decoration of crosses made of sweet icing sugar. The actual buns have a soft but dense bread-like texture with a scattering of fruity raisins. Hot Crossed Buns are an excellent complement to an afternoon tea or coffee, so give this recipe a try, and you are ready to impress when Easter time comes around.  

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
90 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
105 mins


  • 500g All-Purpose Flour

  • 200g Water

  • 100g Sugar

  • 5g Instant Yeast

  • 1g Salt

  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence

  • 2g Spice

  • 1g Nutmeg

  • 1g Ginger

  • 40g Raisin

  • 8g Cake Margarine

  • 8g Bread Margarine

  • 1/4 teaspoon Yellow Liquid Food Coloring

Simple Syrup
  • 1 cups of Water

  • 1g Cinnamon Spice

  • 1 cup Sugar

Glace Icing
  • 15 ml warm Water

  • 125g Icing Sugar


Wash and soak raisins in water using a small bowl an hour before use.

Weigh and place all dry ingredients into the mixer bowl of a stand-up mixer using the paddle attachment. Slow run-on speed for 2 minutes.

Add coloring to the water and pour in the mixer at a slow speed.

Run-on fast speed until dough is developed into a shiny, smooth dough, about 3-5 minutes.

Remove, place on a lightly floured table. Cover with a kitchen towel and rest for 5 minutes.

Weight dough pieces 60 g each, round to a smooth ball, and place on a greased baking sheet.

Let rise in a closed space until doubled in size, approximately 45-60 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Place on the middle shelf and bake until golden brown.

Quickly glaze with simple syrup and let completely cool.

Place glaze icing in a piping bag and draw a cross on top of the bun.

Enjoy your delicious Hot Cross Buns.

Narandradath Jaikaran

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Dessert, hot cross buns, Easter

Rolando Arcayos (not verified)

Please give the recipe of this hot cross bun bread

Permalink 30 May 2024

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