Classic Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Stork hot cross buns recipe

Hot Cross Buns Recipe from Stork

Ahead of the Easter bank holiday, Stork is sharing a classic recipe for Hot Cross Buns.

The baking margarine can be used straight from the fridge.

Hot Cross Buns Recipe


25g (1oz) Stork margarine (Original tub)
225g (8oz) strong plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
6g fast-action dried yeast
40g (1½oz) caster sugar
55g (2oz) mixed dried fruit
25g (1oz) mixed chopped peel
1 teaspoon mixed spice
150ml (¼ pint) semi-skimmed milk
25g (1oz) Stork margarine (Baking Block)
55g (2oz) plain flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon milk


To make the buns: Start by preheating your oven to 220°C, 425°F or gas mark 7. Then put the Stork margarine, sieved flour and salt into a large bowl and rub into a fine breadcrumb mixture.
Stir in the yeast, sugar, fruit, peel and spice. Warm the milk until tepid, pour it into the bowl, and mix together into a soft dough.
Place the dough onto a floured surface and knead until elastic and no longer sticky. Shape into 8 buns and place them onto a greased baking sheet. Cover them with lightly oiled cling film and leave in a warm place for around 45 minutes, until almost doubled in size.
To make the crosses: Blend the Stork margarine Baking Block with the flour and 4 tablespoons water. Remove the cling film from the buns and pipe the mixture across them. Pop them in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
To make the glaze: Gently warm the sugar and milk together. Brush it over the buns, and pop them back into the oven for another 2 minutes. Leave them to cool on a plate or rack before serving.

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