• They look so pretty – must be delicious. And I love your photos! I usually make no knead breads, but 5 minutes kneading is not much at all. And also, I always slash the top crust right before I place the bread in the oven. I will try doing it in advance – your buns look very nice, maybe this system works better :-).
    I also made buns with dried fruit a while ago, with the no knead brioche dough. If you’re interested: http://cookingrookie.blogspot.com/2010/02/dried-fruit-buns.html
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • I have read recipes that do it both ways, slashing the bread directly before the oven, and some leaving it for a little while. This is the way it was in the recipe I was using, but it could be better with a last minute cut! Thanks for the link your recipe does indeed look good 🙂

  • These look so pretty and delicious. I hope to learn more bread making.

    • Mary – bread baking is actually really easy, once you find a good recipe! While kneading can be a bit of a chore, I actually enjoy getting a bit of a work out 🙂

  • I like it. I’m going to try…

  • the cross buns look awesome. i’m always intimated to make bread. sometimes i just wondered if my jar of yeast was out of dated that it didnt make good good bread like yours.

  • I’ve had hot cross buns on the brain since mid February when I spied them at our local chain bakery. I’ve been wanting to make my own at home and these seem perfect, since they incorporate whole wheat. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • ohh, this sounds like it could make a beautiful Sunday breakfast. I like the whole wheat in it, I can image that adds a little depth to the flavors.

  • Man, those look good. I’m not a big bread-making fan, but I am a big whole wheat fan. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • I love me some fruit bread too and when I was in Japan my mum used to send me hot cross buns from NZ as they were unavailable and I didn’t have an oven but maybe this year I’ll make my own, not sure if they have them here in Austria.
    I liked your “About” page, bravo for just doing it and finding a way to do so with a little less pressure.

  • Si

    Beautiful photos! I’ve never attempted hot cross buns. I’m bookmarking this page.

  • Ann

    Hi, I found you while Googling for Wholemeal Hot Cross Buns. I’ve made your recipe with slight tweaks. They’ve turned out really lovely. They were my dinner tonight. Toasted with lashings of Irish butter and homemade strawberry jam. Just wanted to say thank you. Happy Easter!

    • Hi Ann, glad you enjoyed them!