Recipe: Tear and Share Hot Cross Buns

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At Easter time, the shops are packed full of hot cross buns – and it seems that every year there’s something new on offer. This year, you’ll find brioche hot cross buns in Aldi, chocolate and toffee buns in Tesco…and M&S have everything from carrot cake hot cross buns with a cream cheese centre to savoury cheese hot cross buns for 2017.

While there’s nothing wrong with buying your buns, making your own will give you a real sense of satisfaction. And it’s easier than you may think, too – Dr. Oetker have shared their tear and share bun recipe with us – let us know if you give it a go this year!


Tear and Share Hot Cross Buns

Tear and share hot cross buns


Tear and Share Hot Cross Buns

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time3 hrs
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Easter, hot cross buns
Servings: 9 buns


For the buns

  • 500 grams white bread flour + extra for dusting
  • 7 gram sachet fast-acting dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 50 grams light soft brown sugar
  • 250 ml whole milk, warm
  • 2 tsp Dr. Oetker Natural Valencian Orange Extract
  • 50 grams unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 100 grams currants

To decorate

  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 40 grams caster sugar
  • icing sugar, to dust
  • 75 grams Dr. Oetker Ready To Roll Marzipan


  • Grease and line a 23cm (9inch) diameter spring-form cake tin with baking parchment. Mix the flour, cinnamon, dried yeast, salt and light brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  • Pour half the warm whole milk in the centre of the well. Add the Orange Extract, melted butter and all but 15ml (1tbsp) beaten egg, reserve the rest of the beaten egg to glaze. Gently mix into the flour using a wooden spoon to form a smooth, thick paste in the middle. Stir in the currants.
  • Gradually pour and mix in the remaining milk, stirring to form a slightly sticky, moist dough in the centre of the bowl.
  • Turn the dough on to the work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, and the dough no longer sticks to the work surface and is silky smooth; this will take about 10 minutes. Only use extra flour to dust the work surface or your hands if the mixture is very sticky - the longer you work the dough the less sticky it will become. Push any loose currants back into the dough as you knead.
  • Put the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl, big enough to allow room for the dough to double in size. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rise at a cool, room temperature, out of draughts, for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until doubled in size.
  • Once the dough has risen satisfactorily, push the dough with your knuckles to deflate it and turn it on to a lightly floured work surface. Form the dough into a ball and let it rest for 5 minutes on the work surface.
  • Divide into 9 equal portions and form into balls. Place one in the middle of the tin and arrange the others round the edge of the tin. Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 200˚C (180˚C fan assisted oven, 400˚F, gas mark 6). Brush the reserved egg all over the buns. Bake for about 30 minutes until richly golden and the buns sound hollow when tapped. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the decoration. Put the milk in a saucepan with the caster sugar. Heat gently, stirring until dissolved, then bring to the boil and simmer for a few seconds until syrupy.
  • Carefully unclip the tin and transfer the bun round to a wire rack. Brush generously all over with the sugary milk glaze and leave to cool completely.
  • To serve, lightly dust the work surface with icing sugar, roll out the marzipan thinly and cut out 18 1cm (1/2inch) wide strips approx. 6 to 7cm (2 ¾ to 3 inch) long for the crosses. Lay 2 strips, crossing, over each bun and press down gently. Your hot cross buns are now ready to serve and enjoy.

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