Everyone loves hot cross buns at Easter. Make them extra special this Easter by making your own malted hot cross buns Malted hot cross bunsServes: 12
Prep time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 2 hrs 50 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort




    • 500g (1lb) strong white bread flour


    • 250g (8oz) malted strong brown flour


    • 1 tsp salt


    • 90g (3oz) butter, cubed


    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


    • 1 tsp ground mixed spice


    • 60g (2oz) light muscovado sugar


    • 150g (5oz) mixed dried fruit


    • 90g (3oz) dried apricots, chopped


    • 7g sachet easy-bake dried yeast


    • 300ml (½ pint) warm milk


    • 2 tbsp malt extract (we used Rayner’s)


    • 2 medium eggs


For the crosses:

    • 90g (3oz) plain white flour


    • 2 tbps golden caster sugar, to glaze


    • Large baking sheet, buttered


    • Piping bag fitted with a 5mm nozzle






    1. Sift the white flour and malted strong brown flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Rub in the butter, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the spices, sugar, dried fruit and yeast. Make a well in the centre. Beat the milk, malt extract and eggs together and pour into the flour. Mix well to a soft dough. Turn it out on to a floured surface and knead for about 10 mins, until smooth and elastic. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film. Leave in a warm place for about 45 mins to rise.


    1. Turn out dough and knead lightly for a few minutes. Divide into 12 and shape each piece into a bun. Place well apart on the baking sheet, and cover loosely with oiled cling film. Leave in a warm place for 45 mins, until doubled in size.


    1. Cut a cross in the top of each bun with a sharp knife. Mix the flour with 3-4 tbsp cold water to form a paste. Pipe a cross on top of each bun.


    1. Set the oven to Gas Mark 6 or 200°C. Bake the buns for 15-20 mins.


    1. Put the sugar into a cup with 1 tbsp boiling water. Stir until syrupy. Remove the buns from the oven and brush with the glaze while still warm. Cool on a wire rack.



Nutritional information per portion



fat 9.0g saturates 5.0g calories 257(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.