Joe’s Hot Cross Buns

Joe’s Hot Cross Buns

Why not try making your own hot cross buns for Connacht Gold Hot Cross Bun Day!

Makes 12 buns


For the buns

  • 300ml Connacht Gold Fresh Milk
  • 500g strong white flour
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast
  • 50g Connacht Gold Creamery Butter
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 150g sultanas
  • 80g mixed peel
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 2 oranges, zest only
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • sunflower oil, for greasing the bowl

For the cross

  • 75g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

To serve

  • Slather with Connacht Gold Half Fat Butter!


  • Bring the milk to the boil and then remove from heat and leave to cool.
  • Mix the flour, sugar, salt, yeast, butter and egg together in a bowl, then slowly add the warmed milk until it forms a sticky dough.
  • Add the sultanas, mixed peel, chopped apple, orange zest and cinnamon, then tip out of the bowl onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough by holding the dough with one hand and stretching it with the heal of the other hand, then folding it back on itself. Repeat for five minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
  • Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with oiled cling film and leave to rise for approximately one hour, or until doubled in size.
  • Divide the dough into 12 even pieces, and roll each piece into a smooth ball on a lightly floured surface. Arrange the buns on a baking tray lined with parchment, leaving enough space so that the buns just touch when they rise and expand. Set aside to prove for another hour.
  • Heat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.
  • For the cross, mix the flour with about five tablespoons of water in small bowl, adding the water one tablespoon at a time, so that you add just enough for a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag with a small nozzle. Pipe a line along each row of buns, then repeat in the other direction to create crosses.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes on the middle shelf of the oven, or until golden-brown.
  • Gently rip the buns apart to serve.
  • When cooled, top with Connacht Gold Half Fat butter and enjoy!

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