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For the ultimate Easter treat, make these fruit hot cross buns. They’re packed with delicious spices to really hit the spot.

  • Makes16
  • Cook time35 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes, (+ 1½ hours rising time)
Fruit and yoghurt jelly cups


  • 1 1/3 cups (330ml) skim milk
  • 20g butter
  • 4 cups (600g) plain flour
  • 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
  • 3 tsp (1 1/2 pkts) dried yeast
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (240g) mixed dried fruit
  • 1 Coles Australian Free Range Egg, lightly whisked
  • Apricot jam, to brush

Flour paste

  • 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) cold water

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  1. Step 1

    Place the milk and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook for 2 mins or until butter just melts. Remove from heat.
  2. Step 2

    Combine the flour, sugar, yeast, mixed spice, salt and dried fruit in a large bowl. Add the milk mixture and egg and stir to combine. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 mins or until dough is smooth and elastic. Return to the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draught-free place for 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.
  3. Step 3

    Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 22cm square cake pan. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until dough returns to its original size. Divide evenly into 16 portions. Roll each portion into a ball. Arrange the dough balls, side by side, in the prepared pan. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 30 mins or until dough rises by 2cm.
  4. Step 4

    To make the flour paste, combine the flour and enough water in a small bowl to make a smooth paste. Place in a small sealable plastic bag and cut off one small corner. Pipe flour paste over the tops of buns to make cross shapes.
  5. Step 5

    Bake for 10 mins. Reduce oven to 180°C and bake for a further 20 mins or until golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Step 6

    Turn buns onto a wire rack. Place jam in a saucepan over high heat. Cook for 2 mins or until jam melts. Strain through a fine sieve. Brush hot jam over buns. Serve warm or toasted with butter.