Savour each delicious bite

Hot cross buns, hot cross buns, who doesn’t love hot cross buns? Those delicious spiced sweet offerings made with currants and raisins will surely remind you of your childhood. That aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon along with a cup of afternoon tea, what could be better?

A lot of bakeries in Dubai have added home delivery, so you can have them sent straight to your front door. But with time on your hands, why not try making them yourself? All you need to do is follow the recipe we sourced from Chef Sonu Koithara of the Taj Jumeirah Lakes.

Happy Easter!


Makes: 25 Pieces


200g Flour

250ml Warm milk

35g Fresh yeast


500g flour

10g salt

5g bread improver

3 eggs

150g butter

250g black raisins (Soaked overnight in water)

5g nutmeg

5g cinnamon

5g Stollen spice (Or a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in the same quantity)

125g sugar


50 grams T55 (pure French flour) Flour

25 grams Corn oil

56ml water

6 grams sugar


Mix together all the ingredients for the starter and set aside to ferment for 3 hours

After 3 hours, mix together the starter, flour, bread improver, egg, butter, nutmeg, cinnamon, stollen spice and sugar in a dough mixer on slow for 7 minutes

Add the salt and continue mixing for 4 more minutes

Turn up the speed and mix for another 6 minutes

Add the raisins and mix making sure they are evenly distributed

Set dough aside and let it rest for 1 hour

Preheat the oven at 170 degrees

Divide the dough into 25 even pieces (around 40g per piece)

Roll each piece into a smooth ball and arrange on a baking tray lined with baking paper leaving space between each ball

Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until the buns are a golden brown colour

For the icing, whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl until it is a smooth consistency

Lightly brush the buns with olive oil and pipe along each row of the buns and repeat in the other direction.

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