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Cherry Walnut Hot Cross Buns Recipe


Veg CD CBF 45mins

This recipe has a delicious twist on the traditional hot cross bun recipe.


Makes 12

Prep & Cook Time:

45 minutes

Recipe Tags:   Cold  Vegetarian Fruit  Spices Teatime Easter Bread  Buns   Baked Fayre



450g/1lb white bread mix

grated zest 1 lemon

10ml/2tsp ground mixed spice

150ml/ 5fl.oz warm milk

2 large Lion Quality eggs

25g/1oz butter, melted

75g/3oz currants

75g/3oz glace cherries, quartered

50g/2oz walnut pieces, chopped

a little milk to glaze

60ml/4 tbsp plain flour

30ml/2 tbsp clear honey



1.  Preheat the oven to 220C/Fan 200C/425F/Gas Mark 7. Empty the bread mix into a large bowl add the lemon zest, sugar and spice. Place the milk in a measuring jug, add the eggs and beat well. Make up to 300ml/ pt with warm water. Stir the liquid into the dry ingredients with the butter, currants, cherries and walnuts and mix well. Knead on a floured surface for 5 mins or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Leave to rest for 5 mins.

2 Knead for 2 mins then divide into twelve pieces. Shape each piece into a flattish round and place on a baking sheet. Brush the tops with a little milk. Cut a cross in the centre of each and leave to prove in a warm place until doubled in size.


3 Mix the flour to a smooth paste with about 45ml/3tbsp cold water, then pipe into the crosses formed on top of the buns. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the buns from the oven and immediately brush with the honey. Leave to cool on the baking sheet for 5 mins before transferring to a wire rack. Serve warm with butter.

End of instructions




Tips, Options and Substitutions


Substitute the currants with raisins or sultans

Substitute the walnuts with pecans

Replace part of the dried fruit with mixed peel


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Key techniques required to make this Recipe


To Knead - A rhythmic action in dough making whereby one end of the dough is secured by the heel of one hand and  stretched away, then pulled back over the top. In bread making, two hands are use.

Equipment required to make this Recipe


Large Mixing Bowl

Grater or zester

Wooden Spoon

Measuring Jug

Baking trays

Piping bag/nozzle



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