Hot Cross Buns & a lovely Easter Brunch

How to bake Hot Cross Buns & Easter Brunch

I love Hot Cross Buns. My whole family loves them! We love them so much that we actually whenever we go to the UK take back like two dozen of Hot Cross Buns. In Switzerland we can’t get those delicious buns so it was high time to bake some of my own.

Bake your own Hot Cross Buns

You need: 200 ml milk, 55 g unsalted butter, 14 g dried yeast, 455 g bread flour, 1tsp sea salt, 1 tsp mixed salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 whole nutmeg, 55 g caster sugar, 2 tbsp plain flour, 85 g raisins, runny honey

  • Add the milk & 50 ml water to a small pan and place it over low heat for a few minutes. Then set it aside and stir in the dried yeast.
  • Take another pan and melt the butter.
  • Beat the egg in a separate bowl.
  • In a large bowl add all the dry ingredients except the raisins. Mix well and make a well in the center.
  • Now add the melted butter, followed by the yeast mixture and the egg to the large bowl.
  • Start mixing together your dough. When everything is nicely combined kneed it for another 10 min.

  • Place the dough in a bowl, cover it with a warm towel and let it prove for 1h or until doubled in size.
  • Take the dough out the bowl and knock out the air. Then add the raisins and incorporate them into the dough.
  • Divide the dough into 12 pieces, place them on a baking tray and let them prove under a towel for 30 min until double in size.

  • Before the Hot Cross Buns go in the oven make a paste with the 2 tbsp of flour and 2 tbsp of water. With a spoon or piping bag create the typical crosses on top of the buns.
  • Bake the Hot Cross Buns for 15 to 20 min in the oven on 190° C.

  • When the Hot Cross Buns get out the oven they look a little bland. So take the runny honey and glaze them. And you’re done!

Easter Brunch

For Easter we always have a big brunch with the whole family. Apart from the fruits, meat, cheese, salmon, bread, croissants and jams I like to do some avocado on toast with a poached egg and not to forget the bacon (yummy).

I love to season my avocado with salt, pepper and a little paprika. Then I go on to putting some of it on a bread, poach an egg and fry up some bacon. It’s the perfect combination. It also works really well with some salmon instead of the bacon.

We had a lovely time and everybody loved the Hot Cross Buns. My sister alone ate like 5 of them. It was such an easy recipe and although you have to let the dough prove twice, which takes time, other than that you don’t have to do much. And have a look at the beautiful eggs my grandmother did for our Easter brunch.

So what do you do on Easter? Do you have any traditions? With us it has always been this way. I like that we come together and just enjoy each others company whilst indulging in some great food.

I hope you had a lovely Easter too and thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to subscribe on Bloglovin or via email so you’ll be the first to know about my new posts. xx

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19 Comments

  1. April 19, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    They turned out great! In fact, they look better than any I’ve seen in the UK this year. xx We always have roast lamb at Easter, that’s our only tradition. Xx But seeing this has made me want to start a hot cross bun baking tradition!

    Sophia xx http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

    • April 19, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      Thanks so much Sophia! Oh the roast lamb sounds nice too! xx

  2. Alice
    April 19, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Oh wow they are the nicest looking hot cross buns I’ve ever seen and they’re homemade! Well done you.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

    • April 19, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      Thanks so much Alice! I was so chuffed with myself when they turned out this good and it even was my first go at them! xx

  3. April 19, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    This brunch looks fantastic! My family did a bbq style Easter lunch! It was such much fun and we sat around the pool! Ill have to try out these hot cross buns♥

    -Danielle Ruppert

    • April 28, 2017 / 1:32 pm

      Thanks! Oh wow that sounds like a great time too. xx

  4. April 19, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    I blooming love hot cross buns and I don’t think I’ve eaten enough of them this year, but I don’t think I’d ever have the patience to actually make them myself. Beautiful pictures by the way.
    Alicia x
    http://www.aestheticobsessed.co.uk

    • April 28, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      Put on a good movie and watch it during the improving time! That makes the whole process much more enjoyable. xx

  5. April 20, 2017 / 3:04 am

    First of all, you can come and bake at my place anytime!!! These turned out so GOOD!!! Gorgeous photos. Made me so hungry just by looking at them. Great work lovely! x

    • April 28, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      I’d love to if I wasn’t like on the other end of the planet ;). And thanks Susana they tasted as good as they look. xx

  6. April 20, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    This is fab! I’ll have to share the recipe with my husband since I can’t cook.

    xoxo,
    Kim

    • April 28, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      That’s a good idea, let them be baked for you ;). xx

  7. Tereza
    April 20, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    Can I borrow you for the weekends so you can make our brunches please?:) Loving the photos too, they look like they came from some luxury brochure on afternoon teas in fancy hotels!;) xx

    • April 28, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      Why not?! I love coming to the UK anyways. And thanks it makes me really happy that you all love them so much ! xx

    • April 28, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      You’re welcome and you don’t need to be a great cook. It’s s easy and doesn’t take much effort. xx

  8. May 8, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    I love this and I totally pinned this recipe for later. What a gorgeous brunch! Your pics are amazing!

  9. May 14, 2017 / 9:06 am

    These look so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe I am bookmarking it for next Easter!

    • May 15, 2017 / 10:46 am

      Thanks. Oh that’s a loooong wait… They do go very well on any Sunday too. xx

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