Hot Cross Buns

Breakfast / Baked

For a healthy twist on this classic brekky, try out the recipe below!

Time: 3.5 hours
Serves: 14 – 16


  • Juice of one orange
  • 300mls milk 
  • 2tbsp Willy’s apple cider vinegar
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 550-600 grams flour
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 75grams mixed peel

For the cross:

  • 6 tbsp flour
  • 5 tbsp water

6-7tbsp maple syrup or honey to glaze


  1. Combine the orange juice, milk, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup. Microwave for 1 minute or until warm. (The milk will appear curdled, don’t worry! That’s how it’s meant to look.)
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder yeast, cinnamon and pinch of salt. 
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until a thick batter forms. Start with 550 grams flour and add more as needed. Knead for 10 minutes. (If your dough is too sticky, add an additional 1-2 tbsp flour until you’re able to knead it.) Add the mixed peel in the final minute and mix until well incorporated.
  4. Once the dough is kneaded, place in an oiled bowl and cover with a tea towel. Leave to rise in a warm area for 1-1.5 hours or until doubled in size.
  5. Once the dough is doubled, remove it onto a floured surface. Divide into 16 small handfuls and shape into rounds. Arrange them on a baking sheet, fairly close together.
  6. Allow to prove for another hour under a tea towel.
  7. Once the buns are nearly ready, preheat the oven to 200c.
  8. Make the flour paste by mixing flour and water. Pipe the mixture into crosses on the buns or spoon on.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top.
  10. Spoon over or brush on the honey or maple syrup. Leave to cool on a cooling rack and enjoy!
Hot Cross Buns

For this recipe, we recommend:

  • Organic Live Apple Cider Vinegar with Honey & Turmeric
    Organic Live Turmeric & Honey Apple Cider Vinegar 500ml
    £7.40£40.00 incl VAT
  • Organic Live Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
    Organic Live Honey Apple Cider Vinegar 500ml
    £10.60£58.00 incl VAT
    Organic Live Apple Cider Vinegar 500ml
    £7.40£40.00 incl VAT