5 outlets to try at home

For a nostalgic take on Easter this year, why not make your own hot rolls at home? Whether it’s cooking them the traditional way or giving them a modern twist, we’ve got you covered with great recipes.

Pair them with one of these Easter-inspired cocktails or a few leftover chocolate treats and you’ll be sorted for this holiday.

What are hot rolls and why do we eat them at Easter?

Hot cross bread recipe. Getty Images

Maybe your family had a different tradition at Easter and hot rolls weren’t a thing in your house. Maybe it’s time for a change because these delicious treats are a must-have.

A hot cross bun is a spicy sweet bun made from currants or raisins, frosted on top in the shape of a cross and traditionally eaten on Good Friday to mark the end of Lent, a time when the consumption of animal products is prohibited.

The cross on the bun signifies the crucifixion of Jesus and the spices used to make the hot crossbread means the spices used to prepare his body for burial.

5 hot bun recipes to try at home

Traditional Hot Crossbread Recipe

If you’re making hot rolls for the first time, you might want to opt for a traditional recipe and have a familiar taste on the menu to bring back those fond childhood memories. Maggie Beer, the celebrity Australian chef known for her farm shop and restaurant in the Barossa Valley, has a great recipe for you so you can easily ditch the store-bought stuff.

What you will need:

For the dough

  • 4 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 2 x 7g dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon mixed spices
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup currants
  • 40g of butter
  • 300ml milk
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons of water

For the icing

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons apricot jam from Maggie’s orchard or a suitable substitute)


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, spice mix, salt and currants. Take a small saucepan and melt the butter over medium heat and add the milk. Keep it on the heat for a minute or until the mixture is lukewarm. Now add the hot milk mixture to the bowl that has all your dry ingredients.
  2. Mix your dough with a flat-bladed knife until it almost comes together. Clean and dry your hands to finish mixing into a soft dough. Then spread the flour on a flat surface and knead the dough on it for about 10 minutes or until smooth.
  3. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Set it aside in a warm place and let it rise for an hour to an hour and a half or until the dough has doubled in size.
  4. Once the dough is ready, deflate it on a floured surface for about 30 seconds until smooth. Then divide it into 12 equal portions and place the pieces (1cm apart) on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly oil a piece of cling film and cover the tray, set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes or until the buns double in size.
  5. Then, preheat your ventilated oven to 170°C before making your flour dough. Add 4 tablespoons of water to a 1/2 cup of flour until the mixture is smooth. Add a little water if it’s too thick. Put the dough in a pastry bag and pipe it on the buns to form crosses. Place the tray in your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes (or until the buns are cooked to perfection).
  6. While you’re waiting for the buns to bake, it’s time to make the frosting. Put the water and the jam in a saucepan and stir until the jam dissolves completely. Bring to a boil then remove from the heat after three to four minutes. Once the loaves are out of the oven, brush them with the glaze and serve warm or at room temperature.

Cheese and Chive Hot Cross Buns

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Picture: Jamie Oliver

It may sound controversial, but Jamie Oliver’s recipe for hot cheese and chive buns sounds good. Here’s how you can try it for yourself.

What you will need:

  • 200ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 55g unsalted butter
  • 2 sachets of 7g of dry yeast
  • 455g strong bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 180g Cheddar cheese
  • 180g red Leicester cheese
  • 1 bunch (20g) fresh chives

Find the complete method for hot cross buns with cheese and chives here.

Pots of Hot Cross Bun Cheesecake

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Picture: Woolworths

Let’s get creative with our Hot Cross Bun recipes. Woolworth gave us this unique twist on the classic treat that combines a pot of cheesecake with delicious hot cross buns.

What you will need:

  • 500g light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar mixture, sifted (plus an additional 2 tsp for serving)
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spices
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 6 chocolate cross buns, cut horizontally in thirds
  • 250g strawberries, hulled, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate syrup


  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, icing sugar, spice blend and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth.
  2. Place the brioche bases in 6 x 8 cm wide x 8 cm deep glasses. Top each with 2 tablespoons of cream cheese mixture. Garnish with a few strawberries, then drizzle with syrup. Repeat layering with bun centers, remaining cream cheese mixture, strawberries and syrup, ending with bun tops. Serve dusted with additional icing sugar.

Hot Cross Bun Potato Chips

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This new idea for Hot Cross Bun Fries comes from Chep and the Philips Kitchen Ambassador Elle Vernon who found a way to combine the trusty air fryer with sweet buns.

What you will need:

  • 3 traditional fruit buns
  • 50g melted butter
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of raw sugar
  • ¼ cup store-bought chocolate sauce


  1. Cut each loaf in half widthwise, then each half into 3 sticks.
  2. Place in a bowl and drizzle with half the butter. Mix, drizzle with remaining butter and mix again.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and toss to coat well.
  4. Combine the sugars on a dinner plate.
  5. In batches, press the sticks into the sugar mixture to coat them on all sides.
  6. Arrange the sticks in a single layer, in the basket of the Philips XXL airfryer with Smart Sensing technology. Set the temperature to 180°C and the time to 8 minutes, cook until golden brown.
  7. Serve hot, with chocolate sauce on the side for dipping as desired.

Hot Cross Bun Melted Cheese

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Picture: Woolworths

Another tasty take on Hot Cross Buns? Say it’s not! Woolworth came back with this hack that turns your average hot bun into a delicious toasty snack.

What you will need:

  • 1 avocado, peeled, sliced
  • 1 pinch of freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 6 brioche-style fruit cross buns, halved
  • 1/2 cup light and tasty cheese, grated
  • 1 pinch ground sea salt (to taste)


  1. Preheat the grill to 180°C.
  2. Place warm crossbreads on a parchment-lined baking sheet with the cut sides up and top with cheeses.
  3. Broil for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and buns are golden brown.
  4. Garnish the melted cheese with a few slices of avocado, salt and pepper. To serve.

There you have it, a collection of hot bun recipe options to guide you through the upcoming sweet Easter seasons. And if you happen to overprepare in the bun department, here’s a recipe for bread and butter pudding using leftover hot buns.

This article has been updated since its original publication.