Recipe: Cardamom and Orange Marmalade Not Cross Buns

Hot cross buns recipe

Hot cross buns recipe

Not Cross Buns

Second batch of the day meant not cross buns as our crosses where a bit useless.

Instead of fruit and cinnamon, we went for cardamom and orange as flavouring.   Using some Mckays orange marmalade as a flavouring saved adding extra sugar to the mix.


Recipe: Cardamom and Orange Marmalade Not Cross Buns


  • 450 g strong white flour
  • 1 X 7g sachets easy-blend yeast
  • 3 tbsp McKays orange marmalade melted
  • 200 ml warm milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 50 g unsalted butter melted.
  • 1 tbsp whole cardamom crushed
  • Topping
  • 1 tbsp marmalade melted


  • Put the flour and yeast a large mixing bowl with crushed cardamom.
  • Mix well.
  • Make a well in the centre and pour in the warm milk, the beaten egg and the melted butter.
  • Mix everything together to form a dough
  • Knead in the bowl or on a floured surface until the dough becomes smooth and springy.
  • Transfer to a clean, lightly greased bowl and cover loosely with a clean, damp tea towel.
  • Leave in a warm place to rise until roughly doubled in size.
  • Tip the risen dough onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Knead for a few secs, then divide into 12 even portions
  • Shape and place on a baking sheet.
  • Cover with the damp tea towel again and leave in a warm place to prove until almost doubled in size again.
  • Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  • Bake for 12-15 mins until the buns are golden and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. While still warm, melt the marmalade, then brush over the buns.



I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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