When it gets to this time of the year, we all know what hits the shop shelves right? You guessed it… hot cross buns! You know Easter’s approaching here in the UK when the hot cross buns come out to play.
Did you know there’s over 20 million hot cross buns sold in the UK every year during the Easter period and I can imagine a good percentage of those sold have been sold to my family.
My family do love a hot cross bun, especially my dad and grandad, we buy packets of them from the supermarkets every year, especially for them. That being said, I did actually end up making my own batches of hot cross buns last year which my family absolutely loved. (I did share my recipe with you guys too, so if you’d like to make them, here’s the link: https://ellegracedeveson.com/2021/03/07/hot-cross-buns-recipe-easter-bakes/).
Whilst I was scrolling through Pinterest a few weeks ago, I found a recipe for hot cross bun scones which instantly had me excited. I knew if my homemade hot cross buns were a hit last year then I can imagine these scones would be too.
The fact I’m sharing the scones here with you today is the very answer to that sentence above – my family loved them! So, of course, I had to share them with you guys too! It wouldn’t be right not to share them with you now, would it?
So let’s get baking shall we…
Category: Sweet Treat
Prep Time: 25-30 Minutes
Cook Time: 12-15 Minutes
Overall Time: 60 Minutes
Ingredients You Need:
- 450g Of Self-Raising Flour
- 2 Level Spoons Of Baking Powder
- 50g Of Caster Sugar
- 2tsp Of Mixed Spice
- 100g Of Butter/Stork
- 2 Large Eggs
- Whole Milk
- 100g Of Sultanas
Ingredients You Need For Crosses:
- 100g Of Plain Flour
- 100ml Of Water
- 1tsp Of Lemon Extract
How To Make The Scones:
- Firstly, gather together your equipment and ingredients, line 2 baking trays with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 220C / 200C Fan / Gas Mark 7.
- Secondly, in a large bowl add the 450g of plain flour, 2tsp of baking powder, 2tsp of mixed spice and 50g of caster sugar.
- Next, add the 100g of butter into the bowl with the dry ingredients and using your fingertips, rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sultanas.
- Now, crack two eggs into a measuring jug and then add enough milk to make the total liquid 300ml and whisk together.
- Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients (TIP: you may not need it all) until a soft sticky dough forms.
- Once the dough has formed, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to the 1inch thickness.
- Using a circle cutter, cut out as many scones as possible, re-rolling the dough if needs be. This mixture should make twelve depending on the size of your cutter.
- When you have cut all your scone out, place onto the lined baking trays.
How To Make Crosses:
(This part of the recipe is optional, I just feel like the crosses give it more of a hot cross bun feel)
- Once all your scones have been cut out and are on the baking tray, it’s time to make the crosses.
- Mix together the 100ml of water with the 100g of plain flour and 1tsp of lemon extract. It should become a very thick paste.
- Put the paste into a piping bag (TIP: you can either use a nozzle for this or just snip off the end of the piping bag) and pipe the crosses onto each of the scones.
- When the crosses have been piped on, place the scones onto the baking trays and place into the oven and allow to cook for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
- Once the scones have baked, allow them to cool on the baking tray before transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Finally, serve with strawberry jam and whipped cream.
That’s your Hot Cross Bun Scones prepared, baked and ready for you to enjoy!
I just love how quick and easy these scones were to make. Unlike homemade hot cross buns which can take all day to make, these scones take all of an hour to make and taste almost identical to a hot cross bun (just different textures).
I’ll certainly be making these every Easter, they went down an absolute treat with my dad and grandad (and the rest of my family too ofc)!
Let me know in the comments below if you make these scones yourself and if you do, what your thoughts are on them. Are you team hot cross bun or hot cross bun scone? Let me know.
Sending you all tons of love & hugs as always,