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25 Insanely Indulgent Hot Cross Bun Recipes

by Tolani Shoneye Published on 21 March 2015

Easter is fast approaching and we couldn't be more excited. Not only does it mean a long weekend, and an overload of chocolate eggs, but it also means hot cross buns. Warm toasted buttered sweet buns. And because we love hot cross buns so much, we've put together a list of the best hot cross bun recipes that you absolutely have to try!

Why not get into the cooking mood with a little song?

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns!

Too much? Ok we apologise, but seriously, once you've read this, hot cross buns are the only thing that is going to be on your mind.

1. Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Lets's start with the classic, who doesn't love a traditional hot cross bun? This Jamie Oliver recipe is one you have to try, these sticky hot cross buns are the perfect Easter treat.

Here's the recipe.

2. Hot Cross Bun Loaf

The taste of hot cross buns combined in a loaf? Why have we not thought of this earlier? This twist to the hot cross classic is delicious served sliced and toasted and topped with a little butter. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

Check out the recipe here.

3. Hot Cross Pudding

Looking for something to do with your leftover hot cross buns (if you have any) then this is the perfect recipe for you. This spiced dark chocolate pudding tastes so good paired with some vanilla ice cream.

Here's how to make it.

4. Hot Cross Bun, Pear And Toffee Trifle

We didn't know the traditional hot cross bun could get any better, but apparently it can. This truffle is all sorts of dessert heaven. Perfect for Easter or anytime of the year.

Here's the recipe.

5. Hot Cross Cinnamon Sticky Buns

The hot cross bun and sticky cinnamon bun match made in heaven. Adding a touch of buttery caramel sweetness is a great way to pimp out the hot cross bun. Add some raisins and citrus and you have the perfect treat for Easter.

Get making it now.

6. Earl Grey Hot Cross Buns

​Never mind having tea with your hot cross bun, how about having tea in your hot cross bun. These earl grey infused buns make for a great breakfast and are really tasty.

Check out the recipe.

7. Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Chocolate and hot cross buns, the only way to do Easter correctly. These warm and sticky buns with melted chocolate chunks and white chocolate crosses are too good to be true.

Here's how to make it.

8. Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Because sometimes chocolate chunks are not enough to satisfy your craving, why not try a full on chocolate hot cross bun? These beauties are made with chocolate dough, chocolate chips and a chocolate cross to top it off.

Here's the recipe.

9. Mini Hot Cross Bun Doughnuts

Deep fried buns? Don't think too much into it, just enjoy eating it. These mini hot cross bun doughnuts are so bad but SO good.

Check out the recipe.

10. Cinnamon-Raisin Pull-apart Hot Cross Buns

These pull-apart small hot cross buns are baked in wads of cinnamon sugar dough cuddled together in a muffin cup. Forget the cutlery and enjoy by pulling them apart with your hands with a cup of tea on the side.

Here's the recipe.

11. Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes

Use all the flavours of a hot cross bun to make these Easter treats. Perfect for cupcake lovers.

Here's how to make it.

12. Hot Cross Bun Pudding With Chocolate And Orange

As if hot cross bun pudding wasn't good enough, why not add custard, chocolate and orange to the mix? The chocolate melting into the custard, makes this a dessert to die for.

Check out the recipe.

13. Sour Cherry Hot Cross Bun

Filled with cherry and topped off with a glossy glaze, this hot cross bun is great during Easter, or whenever the mood takes you.

Here's how to make it.

14. Raw Vegan Hot Cross Bun

Just because you are vegan doesn't mean you have to miss out. This recipe is made up of mostly nuts and fruit. It's tasty and healthy.

Check out our how to make it.

15. Apple And Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns

The addition of apple makes this recipe one of our faves. The apples add a tangy taste and makes them extra moist, just spread on butter and believe us when we say you're in for a good time.

Here's the recipe.

16. Currant Hot Cross Buns

This warm mixture of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and currants allows a subtle sweet taste, that means you can have lots and lots in one go. It is Easter after all.

Check out the recipe.

17. Sweet Potato And Brown Butter Hot Cross Buns

A healthy alternative to the traditional hot cross bun. The sweet potato lends a natural sweetness and extra moisture while the brown butter gives them a rich sweet flavour and incredible softness.

Here's the recipe.

18. Pear and Chocolate Hot Cross Bun

Fluffy hot cross buns, with chunks of chocolate and juicy pears. The chocolate and pear pairing is just perfection.

Here's how to make it.

19. Lemon and Ginger Hot Cross Buns

Update the humble hot cross bun by adding lemon and ginger. The lemon and ginger in the filling and the glaze makes this a truly delicious bun.

Check out the recipe.

20. White Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

White chocolate, dark chocolate, dates and citrus, this might actually be the ultimate hot cross bun recipe.

Here's the recipe.

21. Mini Eggs Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns filled with mini eggs and topped with a honey glaze. This recipe joins two of our favourite things about Easter. A mini egg surprise in every bite? Extra yum!

Here's how to make it.

22. Hot Cross Bun Ring With Spiced Honey Butter

These cinnamon fruit buns served with a spiced honey butter are great for Easter dinner parties. Place them in a ring to make the perfect centre piece.

Check out the recipe.

23. Hot Cross Bun Eclairs

The hot cross bun, has had a French makeover. This treat looks like an eclair, but tastes like a hot cross bun. It's easy to make, great for baking sessions with the kids.

Here's the recipe.

24. Nutella Filled Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Because Nutella makes everything better. These Nutella filled hot cross buns are the perfect treat for chocolate lovers, which is everyone right?

​Here's how to make it.

25. Hot Cross Scones

​A combination of the moist, crumbly texture of home-baked scones with the fruity flavours and spicy overtones of hot cross buns. Sounds perfect.

Check out the recipe.

How many of these will you be trying? Tweet us @SofeminineUK

This article was written by Tolani Shoneye. Tweet her @tolly_t

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