‘Tear and Share’ Maple Hot Cross Buns

Breakfast and Brunch / Easter / Seasonal

Maple hot cross bun loaf
10 portions



  • 120g ’00’ flour (or All-Purpose flour)
  • 1/4 tsp dried yeast
  • 100ml water, room temperature
  • Pinch of salt


  • 100g orange marmalade
  • 12 fennel seeds
  • 80g dried fruits
  • 445g ’00’ flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 110ml whole milk
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 10g salt
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • 60g maple sugar
  • 100ml pure Canadian maple syrup (preferably amber for its rich taste)
  • 60g unsalted, softened and cut into pieces
  • 140ml water, room temperature


  • 40g plain flour
  • 20g self-raising flour
  • Pinch of maple sugar
  • 50ml water
  • 2 tsp veg oil, plus extra to grease1 t


  • 1 tbsp marmalade
  • 2 tbsp pure Canadian maple syrup (preferably amber for its rich taste)


  • Stand mixer with dough hook
  • 1 spring-form cake tin, lightly buttered
  • Disposable piping bag


  1. Mix the ferment ingredients in a small bowl to form a stiff dough. Cover with cling film and leave at room temperature overnight until it more than doubles in size.
  2. The next day, mix the marmalade with the fennel seeds, dried fruits and maple syrup in a mixing bowl, then set aside to soak.
  3. Weigh 190g of the ferment mix, tear it into pieces and put in the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook attached. Add the flour, milk, egg, salt, yeast and water.
  4. Mix on a low speed for 2 minutes, scrape the sides of the bowl down with a spatula or palette knife, then mix for another minute or so until all the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Increase the speed to medium for around 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  6. On a medium speed, add small amounts of the maple sugar to the bowl until combined, this should around take 2 minutes.
  7. Add the butter to the bowl piece by piece, then mix again on a medium speed for 2 minutes or so until fully incorporated.
  8. Finally, add the soaked fruit mixture to the bowl and mix on a low speed until evenly distributed.
  9. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film or a clean tea towel. Leave to rise at room temperature until at least doubled in size (about 1½ hours).
  10. Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead gently to remove any large air pockets.
  11. Divide the dough into 6 equal balls and place into the cake tin. Cover the tin with a clean tea towel and leave to prove for 1½-2 hours.
  12. To make the cross topping, put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well until smooth. Scrape into a piping bag and set aside.
  13. Heat the oven to 200ºC.
  14. When the dough has at least doubled in size, brush generously with beaten egg all over, then pipe a cross on top of each dough ball.
  15. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden. Just before the baking time is up, warm the marmalade and the maple syrup in a small pan to make a thick syrup.
  16. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack and brush all over with the glaze. Leave to cool before serving.

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