My Hot Cross Buns with a twist

Are you ready for some more Easter indulgence?

I’d like to start by saying Happy Easter everyone! So whether it’s dairy-free, protein or milk chocolate, I hope you’re all tucking into your chocolate by now! But if you’re ready for even more indulgence, (of course you are, it’s Easter!) read on to discover how to make my hot-cross buns with a twist…

What’s so special about my Hot Cross Buns?

These aren’t your typical hot cross buns! These are packed with interesting flavours, such as citrus and honey. They’re also super easy to make. I’ve popped the recipe below so you can get your Easter on, all year round.

 My Yuzu & Honey Hot Cross Bun recipe

Makes 15-20
Ingredients for the buns:
575g strong bread flour
75g caster sugar
75g sultanas
50g mixed peel
7g quick working yeast
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground cinnamon
250ml milk
3 tbsp honey
1½ tbsp
Yutaka Yuzu
2 tbsp water
Zest of 2 lemons
50g butter
For the cross:
2 eggs beaten
75g plain flour for

For the glaze:
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp water


1. Start by combing the ingredients

Combine the flour, sugar, yeast, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, honey, yuzu, water, lemon zest and butter stirring constantly until butter has melted. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes then pour into a well in the centre of the flour mix.

2. Now it’s time to get your hands dirty!

Combine using a wooden spoon and then use your hands until the ingredients are all combined. Tip out onto a floured surface and knead for around 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and stretchy. Place your dough in a greased bowl, cover with cling film and leave somewhere warm to rise until doubled in size.

3. Add the fruit

Now add your sultanas and mixed peel whilst still in the bowl. Knead to combine all the ingredients and leave once again to rise for about an hour.Make sure the cling film is also greased to avoid a crust forming on your dough.

4. You can start rolling the dough!

Once the dough has risen again, divide into 15-20 pieces and roll into smooth balls. Line them up on parchment-lined baking trays allowing enough space for them to once again expand. Now cover with a clean tea towel and leave for a further hour.

5. It’s time to start baking!

Preheat oven to 220c or gas mark seven. Mix the flour for the cross with some water to make a basic dough. Place in piping bag and pipe one line across each bun then repeat to form the cross.You can brush the buns with beaten egg to give a glaze.
Now bake for around 20 mins or until buns are golden brown on top. Remove the pan from the oven and let buns cool on a rack for 15 minutes.

6. Glaze to finish

Mix the caster sugar with boiling water. And once buns have cooled a little, brush to glaze. And there you go, Hot Cross Buns with a twist!

About Yutaka

Yuzu & Honey Hot Cross Buns created using ingredients from Yutaka. The yuzu gives them a zesty tang, whilst the honey creates additional flavours. Yutaka is the UK’s leading Japanese food company with its range of authentic, traditional ingredients that allow you to make everything from sushi to delicious katsu curry in the comfort of your own home!
Would you try my Hot Cross Buns? Have you ever used any ingredients from Yutaka? Please let me know in the comments!

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