Marian's Hot Cross Buns | Food Made In Shetland

Easter Hot Cross Buns

Not only is Marian Armitage the chair of the Shetland Food and Drink Association, she is also a cook and award-winning author. We just love her latest book - Food Made In Shetland, which features over 60 recipes which feature Shetland's larder front and centre. 

With Easter just a couple of weeks away, we've found the perfect recipe in Marian's book; Hot Cross Buns. 

You can buy a copy of Marian's book, Food Made In Shetland, from the Shetland Wool Adventures website. 

Marian Armitage, Food Made In Shetland | Hot Cross Buns 

Makes 12

500g flour (a mixture of wholemeal and white gives the best results)

1 sachet easy blend yeast (7g)

50g butter - at room temperature 

50g brown sugar

150g mixed peel

150g currants 

2 large pinches salt

3 rounded teaspoons mixed spice 

1 egg + warm water - totalling 300ml

1 egg for glazing

2 teaspoons runny honey 

Crosses - makes a paste as follows: 

30g plain white flour 

10g sunflower oil

10g cold water

Mix with a knife, roll out thinly and cut into 24 narrow strips 


1. Measure all the dry ingredients and the soft butter into a large bowl 

2. Crack the egg into a measuring jug and add warm water to give a total of 300ml 

3. Mix everything together 

4. Kneed for a good 5 minutes until smooth and elastic - ideally in a mixer

5. Put the dough into a bowl, cover and allow to rise for about 1 1/2 hours at room temperature 

6. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, kneed for a minute then divide into 12 pieces

7. Shape into 12 buns and place onto a floured baking tray 

8. Prove (the second rise where the buns expand until nearly the finished size) for about 3/4 to 1 hour, covered with a clean tea towel 

9. Light the oven now - HOT! - 220C 

10. Make the crosses if using

11. Brush buns with beaten egg, out the crosses on top and make for 15 minutes on a high shelf

12. When done, brush with runny honey to give a sticky shine 

Now it's just time to pour your favourite G&T, find a cosy, quiet corner and enjoy! 



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