Recipe: Easy Hot Cross Buns

In celebration of Easter, Boschendal Wine Estate has shared an easy peasy hot cross bun recipe.

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Boschendal WIne Estate's, Head Pastry Chef and Baker Christine De Villiers shares the recipe for her make her favourite Easter treat – Hot Cross Buns!

'We hope to bring the spirit of this family celebration into your home with this recipe of our handmade Hot Cross Buns. Tender, comforting and delicately-spiced, they are the perfect breakfast or tea-time treat for the long weekend. Serve them in halves toasted until golden brown and slathered in soft farm butter,' says Christine. 




  • 675g white bread flour 
  • 80g light brown sugar 
  • 20g salt 
  • 1 satchet instant yeast 
  • 75g butter, melted 
  • 200g raisins 
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp ground all spice 
  • 375ml water 
  • 2 bags rooibos tea 


Cross mixture 
  • 100g cake flour 
  • 20g castor sugar 
  • 100g warm water 


  • 200g milk 
  • 80g castor sugar 




  • Make a strong tea with the tea bags and water 
  • Put the raisins in a bowl and pour the hot tea over. Let the fruit soak for an hour.
  • Put the flour, light brown sugar, salt and instant yeast in a big bowl. Add butter and rub in.
  • Strain the fruit, keeping the tea.
  • Add the tea to the flour and mix to form a dough, adding a bit more water if the dough is too sti.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
  • Add the fruit and the spices to the dough and knead it again until all the fruit and spices are incorporated.
  • Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover and leave in a warm place to rise until doubled in size. Room temperature is normally sucient in summer.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 14/15 pieces of 100g each.
  • Roll these into balls and place in a greased baking tin. Cover and leave to rise until doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. In the meantime, make the mixture for the crosses as well as the glaze.
  • For the cross mixture, combine the water, flour and sugar to form a pipeable paste. Put the mixture in a piping bag and keep at room temperature.
  • For the glaze, put the milk and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 - 3 minutes, remove from the heat and keep aside.
  • When the buns have doubled in size, snip a small hole in the piping bag and pipe crosses on top of the buns. Bake for about 15-20 miutes or until golden brown. As soon as they come out of the oven, brush the hot buns with the glaze.


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