Hot Cross Buns Overnight Recipe

Hot Cross Buns Overnight Recipe

We always follow the Good Friday tradition of eating hot cross buns to represent Jesus on the Cross. My father began bread making bread in his 30s and proudly produced a batch of Hot Cross Buns every Good Friday  after that, a tradition I followed with my own family. Homemade Hot Cross Buns are delicious fresh out of the oven, full of fruit and spices, and best spread with melted butter.




  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tsp active yeast
  • 3 ½ cups high grade flour
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 3 ½ Tbsp butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ c currants
  • ½ c mixed peel


  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp cold water


  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk


  1. Warm the milk slightly in small saucepan. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk and stand for 12 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the the flour, sugar, salt and spice then rub in the butter with a knife or fingertips.
  3. Make a well in dry ingredients and pour in yeast mixture and beaten eggs, beating until smooth with a wooden spoon or electric hand mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  4. Add currants and mixed peel and stir to combine. The dough should be sticky at this stage.
  5. Cover bowl with a damp cloth and proving lid (dinner plate or baking tray) and leave on the bench overnight.

Next Day:

  1. Grease lamington tin.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead lightly. Divide dough into 16 pieces and roll into 16 balls.
  3. Place balls in greased lamington tin about 1cm apart. Cover with a cloth and leave for about 45 minutes to rise and preheat oven to 200°C.
  4. Prepare crosses by combining flour and water to make a soft batter. Use a piping bag to pipe the crosses onto the buns.
  5. Place hot cross buns in the oven and bake for 25 minutes until they are well risen and golden brown.
  6. Glaze: Add sugar and milk to a small saucepan and place over low heat. Simmer until sugar dissolved and cook for 2-3 minutes. Brush the glaze over buns after they are cooked and still warm.

Enjoy your homemade hot cross buns straight out of the oven with lashings of melted butter.

Notes: If you substitute gluten free flour in bread baking recipes add 1 tsp of xanthan gum.

17 thoughts on “Hot Cross Buns Overnight Recipe

  1. The hot cross bun recipe says that you need “3 brown sugar” but not what size – i.e. tablespoons, teaspoons, cups?? Can you clarify this, please?

  2. Recipe looks good, but there’s a problem… 3 what? of brown sugar – teaspoons or tablespoons?

  3. Hi, I would like to try to make gluten free buns, can I substitute a blended gf flour, or is the type of flour used important to the way the mix works.

    1. Hi Cynthia,

      If you substitute gluten free flour in bread baking recipes add 1 tsp of xanthan gum.

      Let us know how your Gluten free Hot Cross buns turn out

      Thank you

    1. Hi Brian, The recipe calls for 3 Tbsp of Brown Sugar, Happy Easter and enjoy your homemade Hot Cross buns

  4. Hot cross buns are not representative of Jesus death on the cross but it is a tradition brought down through pagan Rome for the moon goddess Ishtar which was introduced into Christianity a few years after Jesus death & resurrection. Aside from that yes the buns are delicious I like them very much

  5. Hi, can you clarify what you mean by “high grade flour” – is that plain, “00”, cake flour …?
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Kim,
      High grade flour contains a good amount of gluten that is ideal for bread baking. You can use bread flour as a substitute if high grade flour is not available. Happy baking!

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