Prep time:
2 hours
Cooking time:
25 minutes
Resting Time:
30 minutes
Level of Difficulty:
Dough Prove and CircoTherm®


500 g plain flour
300 ml water
7 g yeast
100 g mixed fruit
50 g currants
50 g dates
40 g mixed peel
100 g brown sugar
1 tsp Chinese 5 spice
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground cardamom
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground star anise
3 tbsp canola oil
2 tsp salt

For the cross

75 g plain flour
50 g water, approximately

What’s Easter without hot cross buns? And there is nothing better than the smell of a freshly baked buns and the joy of eating them with a spread of butter.


Place all the dry ingredients with the water and oil into a mixer and knead with a dough hook on medium speed for 5-10 minutes.  Add all of the fruit and mix for another minute on medium.

Remove the dough from the mixer. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for a further 2 minutes until all the fruit is evenly spread through the dough. Spray the inside of a medium plastic or stainless steel bowl with oil and then add the dough.

Place the bowl in the oven, select Dough Prove and adjust time to 45 minutes. Prove dough for time or until the dough has doubled in size.

While dough is proving make the paste for the crosses. Mix the plain flour and enough water to make a paste, then place into a piping bag.

Line universal tray with baking paper. Once the dough has proved, knock the air out of the dough. Cut dough into 10-12 portions, shape into buns and place on the prepared tray. Pipe on the crosses.

Select the Dough Prove function and prove for another 30 minutes. When the time has finished leave the buns in the oven. Change the function to CircoTherm® at 200⁰C and cook the buns for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Once cooked remove the buns from the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes.


Dough should be a little sticky when kneading to ensure a soft and fluffy hot cross bun.

Authors Bio:

Warren is a chef with over 20 years of cooking experience, ranging from Michelin Star Restaurants to 5 star Hotels. He is highly passionate about embracing technology to create food that is visually stunning, tasty and packed with a whole lot of nutritional goodness.

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