Easter Hot Cross Bun Recipe


Easy hot cross bun recipe for easter homemade

Our good friends at Clarence Court have shared this classic Easter treat with us, which are so worth the time to make. Plump mixed fruit and spice spiked buns are coated in an apricot jam glaze and perfect toasted with lots of butter. 

Clarence Court has been providing outstanding free-range eggs from their fabulous birds since 1928, when Clarence Elliot brought jungle fowl back from Patagonia to Gloucestershire. His rare birds were crossbred to create pedigree hens, and to this day, they still lay colourful, hard-shelled eggs with deep golden yolks. Pair their fabulous eggs with our Sophie Allport Chicken collection for an egg-cellent mix!

These hot cross buns are both mouth-watering and delicious, so pop on your Sophie Allport apron and follow this homemade Easter hot cross bun recipe below. 

Easy hot cross bun recipe homemade

Photography: David Loftus

Preparation time: 40 minutes plus 1 hour 45 minutes proving
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Makes 12


  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 10g fine salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground mixed spice
  • 1 orange zest, finely grated
  • 1 lemon zest, finely grated
  • 300ml semi skimmed milk
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 10g fast action yeast
  • 1 large Clarence Court Hens egg, beaten
  • 150g sultanas
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 50g chopped mixed candied peel
  • Vegetable or flavourless oil
  • 75g plain flour
  • 100g Bonne Maman Apricot Conserve


  1. Place the strong white bread flour in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the salt, mixed spice, ground cinnamon, orange and lemon zest. Make a well in the centre.
  2. Gently heat the milk until lightly steaming and stir in the butter until melted. Pour the milk and melted butter into a jug (check that’s it’s lukewarm) and stir in the yeast. Mix until frothy then pour into the well and add the beaten egg. Mix with a dinner knife at first bringing the flour slowly into the milk mixture and forming a rough dough. Transfer to a freestanding mixer with dough hook, spoon in the mixed fruit and knead to a smooth dough for about 5 - 10 minutes. Tip into a lightly oiled large bowl and cover with clingfilm. Place in a warm cupboard or by a radiator for 1 hour or until double in size.
  3. Meanwhile line two baking trays with greaseproof paper. When the dough is ready turn out on to a clean lightly floured work surface and ‘knock back’ divide the dough into 12 equal sized balls, using a weighing scale helps make sure they are all even. Place 6 balls on each tray fairly close to each other. Place each tray in a large food safe bag (large roasting bags work well) and secure with an elastic band making sure the bag doesn’t touch the buns. Place the trays back in the warm place and allow the buns to double in size (about 45 minutes).
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 200c/ Gas Mark 7. Mix the flour with 75ml water and spoon the paste into a small icing or piping bag.
  5. When the buns are ready, remove them from bags and pipe a cross over each bun. Place the trays in the oven and bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown. Turn the trays halfway.
  6. Meanwhile, melt the jam in a pan and pass through a sieve.
  7. Once the buns are cooked remove from the oven, brush over the glaze and allow to cool a little. Serve fresh or toasted with butter. You can freeze the buns, just cool completely and glaze after defrosting and reheating. Chicken homewares by Sophie Allport

These delicious hot cross buns make the perfect Spring time treat! Did you have a go at baking them? Let us know how you got on in the comments below! 

1 comment

  • Easy to make. Delicious, especially straight out of the oven with butter

    Jennifer Bainbridge on

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