The ultimate Easter treat, have a go at making your very own hot cross buns. If the smell of them freshly baked out of the oven isn’t enough to tempt them, the fact that they’re low cal at 131 calories per bun will!



400g strong white bread flour
1tsp mixed spice
50g low fat butter
40g dried fruit
2tsp dried yeast
200ml warm water
1tsp caster sugar

For the cross:

3tbsp plain flour
2tsp caster sugar
5-6tbsp cold water

For the glaze:

2tbsp caster sugar
2tbsp boiling water


Serves: 16



1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Place the flour, spice, spread and fruit into a large bowl. Rub the mixture together between your fingers until the ingredients are fully combined, making a well in the centre.

2. Dissolve the yeast in 150ml of the warm water, adding the sugar, and pour into the centre of the flour. Gradually add the remaining warm water, mixing the ingredients to a soft dough. You may not need all the water.

3. Knead the dough for 5 minutes then cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise for 30 minutes. Knead the dough again and divide into 4 pieces using a knife. Divide each quarter into 4 and roll into small balls.

4. Place on a baking tray and leave to prove for 20 minutes until double in size. Mix together the cross mixture to a smooth batter and place in a piping bag. Pipe a cross on the top of each bun and bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.

5. Glaze while warm.


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