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Honey Hot Cross Buns


For the buns:

  • 300ml  milk
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 480g flour
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp GOLDCREST honey
  • 20g dry active yeast
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 140g sultanas and raisins

For the flour paste:

  • 135g flour
  • 80ml water

For the glaze:

  • 65ml GOLDCREST honey
  • 65ml boiling water


  • Preheat oven to 180˚C.
  • In a saucepan combine milk and butter, allow to melt and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • In a mixer (or large bowl) combine flour, brown sugar, yeast, lemon zest, sultanas and raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Mix well.
  • To the dry ingredients add honey, vanilla, eggs and the melted butter and milk. Mix until combined.
  • Place dough into an oiled bowl and allow to proof in a warm area for one hour.
  • Cut proofed dough into 12 equal parts and arrange on a lined baking sheet. Let proof for an additional 30 min.
  • In the meantime combine the flour and the water for the flour paste. Place into piping bag and pipe crosses on the proofed buns.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 min, or until buns are cooked through.
  • While buns are baking combine the honey and boiling water to create a glaze. Once buns are out the oven brush liberally with glaze.

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