Homemade Hot Cross Buns Recipes

A hot cross bun is a bun marked with a cross and containing dried fruit, traditionally eaten on Good Friday.  But the supermarkets always stock them so early, I swear I saw them the first week of the new year, which I feel takes away from the special treat they are for easter.  But then again, I do admit to buying them then too, can’t help myself.  However, easter eggs is another story, I definitely do not purchase them until Easter.

Have you ever made your own homemade hot cross buns?  I haven’t but would love to if i can find the time this easter. So I have put together a list of great homemade hot cross bun recipes I would love to try, I hope you find something you like amongst them too!


Thank you to my dear friend Carissa for sharing her Home-made Hot Cross Bun recipe.


Carissa doesn’t add the cross on top, so she calls them not cross buns LOL.  I have included Carissa’s recipe below (adapted from Thermomix’s EDC cookbook).



Homemade Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns, scones, scrolls and more. Loads of homemade hot cross bun recipes, from healthy, paleo to naughty with chocolate.

  • Author: Katrina
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 50 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Easter




  • zest of 1/2 lemon or lime (optional)
  • 250g full cream milk
  • 1 tbsp dried instant yeast or 40g fresh yeast
  • 500g baker’s flour
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 70g butter, softened
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 100g sultanas
  • 70g currants
  • 80g plain flour
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 100g water


  1. Place lemon or lime zest (if using) into thermomix bowl – 10 sec / speed 9
  2. Set aside
  3. Place milk and yeast into bowl – 3 min / 70C / speed 1
  4. Add flour, salt, butter, sugar, egg, cinnamon and nutmeg – 6 sec / speed 7
  5. Knead – 2-3 min / closed lid / knead function
  6. Add sultanas, currants and reserved zest – 10 sec / reverse / speed 5
  7. Preheat oven to 220C
  8. Line a baking tray with baked paper and set aside
  9. Transfer dough onto ThermoMat or a lightly floured bench top and work into a ball
  10. Wrap in the ThermoMat, or place into a bowl and cover with a tea towel
  11. Allow to prove in a warm place for 30 minutes, or until doubled in size
  12. Knock down dough and divide into 12 equal-sized pieces
  13. Form into rolls and place close together onto prepared baking tray
  14. Set aside to prove again
  15. Place baking tray into oven and bake 10-15 mins, or until golden brown

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Mars Bar Hot Cross Buns, recipe from Create Bake Make

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Slapdash Hot Cross Buns, recipe from Wholefood Simply


Healthy Hot Cross Buns, recipe from: Lorna Jane

Homemade Hot Cross Buns

The Best Paleo Hot Cross Buns, recipe from the merry maker sisters


How to make Hot Cross Buns, a tutorial by Curtis Stone, find recipe on Coles.com.au

Hot Cross Bun Pudding, recipe on Coles.com.au

hot cross bun pudding

Delicious Easter Fruit Scrolls, recipe at Childhood 101


Sticky Date & Chair Hot Cross Buns, recipe can be found at 84th & 3rd

sticky date and chai hot cross buns

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns, recipe by Bake Play Smile

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Easter Hot Cross Scones, recipe via Childhood 101


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Lucy @ Bake Play Smile March 19, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Oh thank you so much for including my hot cross buns (although I feel like a bit of a fake because I have a bag of Bakers Delight hot cross buns in my cupboard at the moment!!!). xx

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 19, 2015 - 8:51 AM

Have you tried their salted caramel hot cross buns, they are good, although, would love more dollops of caramel in them!!

Lauren @ Create Bake Make March 19, 2015 - 2:37 PM

Thank you very much for including my Mars Bar Hot Cross Buns – I’m loving the look of the Sticky Date and Chai ones!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 20, 2015 - 10:39 AM

My pleasure, Lauren! The Chai ones sound so good, don’t they.:)

JJ - 84thand3rd April 1, 2015 - 9:49 PM

Thanks for including my sticky date and chai buns lovely! I do adore a good spiced hot cross bun any day of the year ;D

Trish Waterfall February 17, 2016 - 4:23 PM

Kat, so sorry to hear about the recent passing of your dear Mum. I guess the hardest thing for you was that it was so quick and you never feel like you’ve said everything you want to say ordinarily, let alone when it happens so quickly.
Regards and thanks for such a great site!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 7:51 AM

Thank you Trish, it’s been a few years now since she passed, it was so sudden, one day we were talking about bringing her out of hospital, the next she had a stroke, a week later we lost her, she didn’t recover from the stroke. I do have my moments of I wish I stayed longer in hospital with her that last day before the stroke, I wish I said this and that, but I do have the feeling she is still with me, which is comforting. xx


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