Hot “Cross” Bread

I usually work on Saturdays, so I haven’t had two days off all year. But with the Easter weekend I finally managed to get a chance to do some baking with yeast! 🙂

After my Easter Cake I made last week I didn’t really want to eat any more chocolate. Ever. I’m sure there’s quite a few people feeling that way after today 🙂 but I still wanted to bake something Easter-themed. I found this amazing recipe that looked absolutely beautiful, so I modified it to have similar spices as hot cross buns, and dried fruit – it became hot cross bread!

While it may look a little unusual, this bread was delicious. Sweet and crunchy on top, soft and fluffy in the centre, smothered in butter and with plump sultanas, it tasted just like hot cross buns, only better.

Hot Cross Bread
(adapted from this recipe from Just Loves Cookin)
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  • 20g yeast
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 30g melted butter
  • pinch salt
  • 300g flour


  • 50g melted butter
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp allspice
  • 0.5 tsp nutmeg


  1. Combine yeast, sugar and lukewarm milk. Let sit for a few minutes until bubbles begin to appear.
  2. Add egg yolk, melted butter, salt and flour
  3. Knead the dough and then form a ball, then place in a greased bowl in a warm place and let rise for about an hour
  4. Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  5. Combine spices and sugar
  6. Roll out dough until about 1cm thick, brush melted butter over dough and sprinkle with spice mixture
  7. Roll the dough into a cylinder, then cut lengthways with a knife
  8. Twist sections around each other, then form into a circle
  9. Place on a baking tray, and bake for 5 minutes at 200 degrees, before lowering temperature to 180 degrees and continuing to cook for another 25-30 minutes until browned on top
  10. Eat it smothered in butter 😀


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2 Responses to Hot “Cross” Bread

  1. Riley says:

    wow looks great! thanks for the recipe : )

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