Harvest Newrybar's Hot Cross Buns recipe



2.5 pounds bakers flour
1 ounce salt
6.2 ounces sugar
6 ounces butter (soft)
4.4 ounces eggs - about 2 eggs
17 fluid ounces water
About 1 ounce yeast
6.2 ounces dried sultanas
6.2 ounces dried currants
2 ounces dried orange peels
2 ounces dried diced apricots
1 ounce mixed spice
Zest of 1/4 orange


3.5 ounces flour
3.5 ounces water
0.5 fluid ounces olive oil

500ml water
500 g sugar
Orange peel of whole orange



1. Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix until thick consistency
2. Set aside


1. Put all ingredients into a pot and reduce on the stovetop on medium to high heat for 5 min.
2. Set aside


1. Soak dried fruits in room temp water for at least 1 hour

2. Mix flour, salt, sugar, butter, eggs, spices and yeast by hand/electric mixer with dough paddle until dough is stretchy

3. Allow dough to rest and proof for 20 min

4. Put the fruit in and mix again, folding fruit through mixer

5. Let dough rest for 30 min

6. Cut dough into 30 even pieces and shape into a “bun” shape by hand, leaving them to proof on an oven tray until double the size

8. Fill a piping bag with the “crosses” mixture, and pipe crosses across each bun before baking *Note, you can fill a sandwich bag with the mixture and cut a corner off in place of a piping bag if need be.

9. Bake at 350º F for about 20 min or until golden brown

10. Apply glaze immediately while still warm

11. Enjoy with generous lashings of butter!