Hot Cross Buns

You will need

450g strong bread flour
1tsp salt
2tsp ground cinnamon
2tsp ground allspice
1 x 7g sachet dried yeast
75g raisins
grated rind of 1 orange,
110g caster sugar
50g unsalted butter
250ml Alpro soya Original alternative to milk
1 egg, beaten

For the paste:

2 tbsp plain flour
2tbsp cold water
1tbsp marmalade, melted


1 Sift flour, salt and spices into a large bowl. Add the yeast, fruit, rind and sugar and mix thoroughly.

2 Melt the butter, stir in Alpro soya Original and heat until tepid. Whisk into the egg. Add to flour mixture, and mix to form a dough. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.

3 Divide into 12 buns, cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place for about 90 minutes or till doubled in size.

4 Mix the paste ingredients until it is soft enough to pipe through a nozzle. Remove the polythene bag and pipe a cross on each bun

5 Bake at 180ºC for 10 minutes, reduce the heat to 150ºC and bake for a further 15 minutes. Lightly brush with the marmalade and cool on a rack. Serve warm, cold or toasted with butter.

Recipe courtesy of Alpro