Sourdough Hot Cross Buns

Sourdough Hot Cross Buns

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This recipe was born from my frustration with long, fiddly, many rise, no success bakes. It uses a single long rise which is perfect for getting on with your violin practice (or whatever else you are meant to be doing!)

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Hot Cross Buns 10 | Karla's Baking Blog
Sourdough Hot Cross Buns
Prep Time
7 hrs
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
7 hrs 40 mins
Course: Baking
Cuisine: Easter
Servings: 12 buns
Author: Karla Norton
  • 1 cup milk (For lactose free, use zero lacto milk)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 250 g white sourdough starter
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardomom
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 2 zest of lemon (Substitute any citrus zest.)
  • 560 g white high grade flour
  • 1 cup raisins (Substitue any dried fruit you like!)
  • 1 pinch salt
Glazing and crosses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg
Preparation - 30 mins
  1. Place milk, maple syrup and egg in a bowl. Whisk to combine.

    Hot Cross Buns 1 | Karla's Baking Blog
  2. Add sourdough starter, spices and zest. Whisk gently to combine.

    Hot Cross Buns 2 | Karla's Baking Blog
  3. Add flour and fold in until a sticky dough has formed, Cover with tea towel and leave to rest for 20 mins.

    Hot Cross Buns 3 | Karla's Baking Blog
Kneading and Rising - 4-8 hours
  1. Lightly dust your work surface with flour. Place the dough on the work surface and fold in the raisins and salt. Knead until a soft dough forms.

    Hot Cross Buns 4 | Karla's Baking Blog
  2. Divide into 12 even balls and place close together on a baking tray. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for 4-8 hours depending on your climate.

    Hot Cross Buns 5 | Karla's Baking Blog
Decoration and Baking - 45 mins
  1. Once the buns have risen together, whisk egg and use to glaze the buns using a brush..

    Hot Cross Buns 7 | Karla's Baking Blog
  2. Gradually add water to flour until a smooth pipeable paste forms. Place in a piping bag. PIpe crosses over the buns.

    Hot Cross Buns 9 | Karla's Baking Blog
  3. Bake in oven at 200 degrees C for 30-40 mins until golden brown.

    Hot Cross Buns 10 | Karla's Baking Blog

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