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Hot cross buns with cheese


Hot cross buns are mostly known for their sweet nature and although I had never made them before in either sweet or savoury versions I saw the recipe for this in the Good Food magazine and I could not resist making it! I was making a recipe for soup and this one was perched right on top of the other recipe. It was just meant to be!



It did not require a lot of thinking on my part.. I ofcourse made a mistake in following the recipe, and the end result is that it has a bit more cheese in them than it should be , but hey you can never really have enough cheese in anything right? The buns are quite heavy and if you have them with soup, like we did; one bun is really more than enough. Eat them the next day under the grill and with some good butter and it’s all you need!


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Hot cross buns
Hot Cross Buns with cheese
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Good but rather heavy buns. I used twice as much parmesan cheese as in the below.
Course: Bread
Servings: 12
Author: BBC Good Food
  • 700 gr flour type 00 plus 5 tbsp extra for making the crosses and some for kneading
  • 3 x 7gr sachets dry active yeast
  • 500 ml warm full fat milk
  • 140 gr cheddar grated
  • 5 tbsp parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tsp salt
  1. Mix the flour, the yeast and 2 tsp of salt in a large bowl. Make a hole in the middle, pour in the milk and mix with a wooden spoon. use your hands afterwards to make a soft dough. Knead for about ten minutes and then put back in the bowl.
  2. Cover lightly with a piece of plastic brushed with oil and move it away somewhere warm until doubled in size. Takes about 30 minutes.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a flour dusted top and knead most of the cheddar through the dough. Dust a baking tray with flour and make 12 round buns and put on the tray with 2-3 cm space in between. Cover lightly again with foil brushed with oil and leave to triple in size.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200 C.
  5. Mix the 5 tbsp of flour for the crosses with the parmesan cheese and 5 tbsp of water. Mix this well and put into a piping bag (no nozzle needed) Cut the tip of the disposable bag and pipe crosses on each bun.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar on top and bake this for 20-25 minutes till golden brown


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  1. I love te cross buns, this one I’m gonna make it for easter’s! it looks so good!

  2. I have to say I did find the idea of cheesey hot corss buns unique … i associate them always with sweet and Easter. But these are really cool and does not need to wait till Easter to be made!

  3. I can’t get past Easter without the traditional hot cross buns and this year will be no exception. These cheesy buns though, I think these might take second place in the love department.

  4. Looks absolutely amazing.. thanks for sharing!!

  5. Simone these buns looks so delicious and beautiful! Would love to try a GF version of these cuties.

  6. These buns look delicious, with cheese you can’t go wrong really! I try to add cheese to a lot of things. Cheese is just fabulous 😉

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