Sweet Buns

Hot Cross Donuts


This is a recipe from the Coles free booklet. Simple and easy recipe to do.Something different for Easter all the family will enjoy.

Hot Cross Donuts

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 18 pieces


  • 3 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 3 tsp instant dried yeast
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk, warmed
  • 100 grams butter, melted
  • 3 egg yolks lightly beaten
  • canola oil for deep frying


  • In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Make a well in the centre.
  • Add warm milk, melted butter and egg yolks. Mix until dough comes together( it will be sticky) You can knead this by hand for 5 minutes or alternatively in an electric mixer with the dough hook attachment for 5 minutes.Do this until dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Place dough in an lightly oiled bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap and a tea towel. Set aside for 1 hour 30 minutes, or until dough has doubled in size.
  • Punch down dough with your fist. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for a further 3-4 minutes.
  • Roll out dough until 1 cm thick. Using an 6 cm cutter, cut 18 rounds from the dough and place on lined baking trays. Cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place for 25-30 minutes or until doughnuts have doubled in size.
  • For the flour crosses, place flour in a small bowl and gradually add cold water, mixing until a smooth paste forms. Spoon flour paste into a small plastic bag. Push paste to one corner and snip end and then pipe a cross on the top.
  • Pour canola oil in a large deep, heavy based saucepan one third full. Heat to 180 C on medium heat. (oil is ready when a cube of bread is dropped in it turns golden in 15 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, deep fry 1-2 doughnuts at a time in the hot oil for 45-60 seconds until golden and puffed. Place on paper towel.
  • Mix cinnamon and sugar on a large plate and roll cooked donuts through the mixture. Repeat with the remaining donuts. Cool for 5 minutes. Place desired filling in a piping bag fitted with a 1 cm nozzle. Push nozzle into side of each warm donut and pipe into donuts.
  • I also baked these hot cross donuts in the oven. They only seem to be good on the day you make them. Enjoy the either the deep fried or baked.
    baked hotcross donut

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