Nutritionist shares her simple recipe for the 'perfect' hot cross buns

Nutritionist shares her simple recipe for the ‘perfect’ hot cross buns – leaving foodies in a spin

  • Nutritionist Ellie Bullen shared her simple recipe for the ‘perfect’ hot cross buns
  • Foodies quickly went wild for the recipe and said they couldn’t wait to try it
  • Top chefs shared tips for making hot cross buns – including spraying with water
  • Kate Reid from Lune said buns should be close in the oven to create texture 
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

A nutritionist has taken the internet by story with her recipe for the ‘perfect’ hot cross buns.

Ellie Bullen, 26, said everyone should try their hand at making her simple ‘sweet morsels of goodness’ this weekend, especially now plenty have so much time on their hands due to the coronavirus restrictions which mean thousands are staying at home.

‘This recipe is fairly rough as it’s based off what Alex and I baked on a whim and what we could pull from the pantry, but they turned out delicious,’ Ellie wrote on Instagram.   

So what do you need for Ellie’s hot cross buns?

Nutritionist Ellie Bullen (pictured) has taken the internet by story with her recipe for the ‘perfect’ hot cross buns

Firstly, the nutritionist and Bali-based food blogger said you need to dig out as many things from the back of your pantry as possible.

Ellie used two cups of plain, all-purposed flour, two and a half cups of spelt flour, one teaspoon of cinnamon, two teaspoons of all spice, 1/2 a teaspoon of salt and one sachet of dried yeast.

You’ll also need to find or buy half a cup of caster sugar, one and a half cups of soy milk, one and a half cups of dried fruit and four tablespoons of vegan butter.

Finally, you’ll need the zest of one orange to give your buns a kick, as well as some honey, water and flour for your ‘crosses’ and your glaze.

Ellie (pictured) said she made the buns on a ‘whim’ and dug out many items in her pantry to put together her own hot cross buns

How do you make Ellie Bullen’s hot cross buns?

Ellie shared the recipe for her hot cross buns (pictured) on Instagram


* Two cups of plain all-purpose flour

* Two and a half cups of spelt flour (plus extra for kneading)

* One teaspoon of cinnamon powder

* Two teaspoons of all spice powder

* 1/2 teaspoon of salt

* One dried yeast sachet

* 1/2 cup of caster sugar

* One and 1/2 cups of soy milk

* One and 1/2 cups of dried fruit 

* Four tablespoons of vegan butter

* Zest of one orange


* 1/2 cup of plain flour

* Five tablespoons of water


* Two tablespoons of honey

* One tablespoon of water


1. Sieve the flour, spices, salt, yeast and sugar into a large mixing bowl.

2. Using dough hooks on an electric mixer, mix together the dry ingredients.

3. Add the milk, dried fruit, vegan butter and orange rind and knead with the electric mixer (speed two, with dough hooks) for about five minutes (or ten minutes if mixing by hand). Then continue to mix with your hands. If it’s too sticky, sieve in one tablespoon of flour at a time, kneading, until dough forms an elastic smooth ball.

4. Cover the bowl with a tea towel or cling wrap and place aside to rise. Dough should double in size in approximately 45 minutes to one hour 30, depending on how warm your climate is.

5. Once doubled in size, turn dough onto a lightly-floured surface and knead out all the air. Roll into a long log and cut into 12 even slices.

6. Roll each slice into balls, ensuring one side is smooth. Place the balls on a lined baking tray, smooth side up, 3 x 4, with small gaps between each one. Set aside to rise again for a further 40 minutes, lightly covered with cling wrap. 

7. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius, fan forced, while dough is rising again. Make the cross mixture by stirring the flour and water together, transfer to a piping bag.

8. Once the dough has risen again, draw on the crosses and place it in the oven to bake for 20-24 minutes, or until very golden on top.

9. Remove from oven, transfer baking sheet of buns to a wire cooling rack.

10. Stir together the honey and water, and brush over buns to glaze. They are best served fresh and warm, cut open and spread with vegan butter.

Source: Elsa’s Wholesome Life 

After she shared her simple ten-step recipe on Instagram, foodies were quick to say they couldn’t wait to try the 26-year-old’s (pictured) recipe

After she shared her simple ten-step recipe on Instagram, foodies were quick to say they couldn’t wait to try the 26-year-old’s recipe.

‘Oh my God, these look like heaven. Wow,’ one commenter wrote.

‘Yum. I’m definitely making these tomorrow,’ another added.

Speaking previously to Good Food, some of Australia’s top chefs shared their top tricks for making the perfect hot cross buns – including spraying the buns with water before they go in the oven.

‘We give our buns a good spray of water before loading them into the oven,’ Laura Gonzalez and Anu Haran of Flour Shop in Sydney told the publication.

‘This moistens the skin of the buns and allows them to rise more in the oven, leading to a fluffier bun.’

Kate Reid of Lune in Melbourne also said you should place the buns close together on the baking tray in the oven.

‘This way they “grow” into each other, and to eat them, you have to tear them apart,’ she said.

‘That soft bit where they were touching each other develops a beautiful light crust when you toast the buns; it’s the textural equivalent of heaven.’ 

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