Buns of Fun: 7 Ways To Customize Your Own Hot Cross Buns

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colourful bamboo plates with hot cross buns

Buns of Fun: 7 Ways To Customise Your Own Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are a staple Easter treat, and making them from scratch is a fun and rewarding activity. Not only is it easy to make them yourself, but customising them to your liking is where the real fun begins. So, let's get to it and create some "Buns of Fun"!


Bamboo Plates with Hot Cross Buns



  • 500g all-purpose flour
  • 7g instant yeast
  • 50g sugar
  • 1 tsp salt (5mg)
  • 75g unsalted butter, melted
  • 250ml milk, warmed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (5mg)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg (2.5mg)
  • 100g mixed dried fruit (raisins, currants, and candied peel)


Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

The ingredients you'll need are measured in grams and mg, and include flour, yeast, sugar, salt, butter, milk, eggs, and a variety of spices and dried fruits. Don't be afraid to mix it up and get creative with your flavour combinations.

Step 2: Mix and Knead the Dough

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the melted butter, warmed milk, and beaten eggs. Mix until a sticky dough forms, then knead it until it's smooth and elastic. Get your arms ready for a little workout!

Step 3: Let It Rise

Cover the dough with a damp towel and let it rise in a warm place for about an hour. Use this time to brainstorm some funky flavour combinations, like pineapple and coconut or chocolate and orange.

Step 4: Shape the Buns

Punch down the dough and divide it into equal portions. Shape each portion into a round bun, then place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Have fun with different shapes and sizes, like mini buns or heart-shaped buns.

Step 5: Add the Crosses

Now it's time to add the signature cross on top of each bun. Mix 75g of flour and 75ml of water to form a paste, then use a piping bag or a plastic bag with the corner cut off to pipe a cross on top of each bun. For extra fun, try making different shapes instead of the traditional cross, like a bunny or an Easter egg.

Step 6: Bake and Enjoy!

Bake the buns in a preheated oven at 190°C for 20-25 minutes, or until they're golden brown and fragrant. Take a moment to bask in the heavenly aroma coming from your kitchen, and then dig in! Serve your hot cross buns warm with a dollop of butter and your favourite toppings.

7 Ways to Customise Your Hot Cross Buns

To really make your hot cross buns stand out, try customising them with your favourite flavours and add-ins. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Mix in dried fruits like cherries, apricots, or figs for a burst of sweetness.
  2. Add a dash of spice like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom for some extra warmth.
  3. For a fun twist, try adding chocolate chips, sprinkles, or colourful candies.
  4. Make a glaze to drizzle on top, like lemon, orange, or maple.
  5. Savoury Variations: Who says hot cross buns have to be sweet? Try mixing in savoury ingredients like cheddar cheese, bacon bits, or chopped herbs for a unique twist.
  6. Gluten-Free and Vegan Options: Don't let dietary restrictions keep you from enjoying these Easter treats. There are plenty of gluten-free and vegan hot cross bun recipes available that are just as delicious.
  7. Boozy Buns: For the adults in the room, try adding a splash of your favourite liquor to the mix, like brandy or rum. You can also soak the dried fruit in booze beforehand for an extra kick of flavour. Just be sure to label them clearly if serving to a mixed-age crowd!

In conclusion, making hot cross buns is a fun and delicious way to celebrate Easter. So let your imagination run wild and create some "Buns of Fun" for everyone to enjoy!

Don't forget, they go well served up on our bamboo and plant-based bowls and plates, which are not only stylish but also eco-friendly. So go ahead and get creative in the kitchen, and enjoy your delicious hot cross buns in sustainable style!