The Best Hot Cross Bun Hacks to Try this Easter

Hot cross buns are synonymous with Easter. And these days, they often appear in supermarkets and bakeries not long after Christmas has ended. While there are plenty of store-bought options, nothing tastes better than home-made hot cross buns.

To help make your life easier and tastier this Easter, we’ve got a couple of simple and easy hot cross bun recipes, expert tips on how to store them to enjoy well past Easter, and some delicious creative dessert recipes using leftover hot cross buns!

Hot cross bun recipes

There really is nothing better than a homemade hot cross bun, and with the right recipe and equipment, it's really easy to make. Hot cross buns are best enjoyed warm straight out of the oven, cut open across the middle and slathered with quality butter. They make a delicious snack for morning or afternoon tea and a great addition to your kids’ lunchbox. Depending on your preference, we have two variants to suit every need. 

Quick and Easy No-Yeast Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Try these no-yeast Super Quick Hot Cross Buns that are the easiest and fastest way to prepare this tasty Easter treat. It's made even simpler using the Tefal Ingenio as a baking tray. The Ingenio removable handle makes it easy to put in and take out of the oven with a single click. Plus, the non-stick makes taking the buns out and cleaning fuss-free! 

Traditional Hot Cross Bun Recipe

These Companion Hot Cross Buns use the Tefal i-Companion XL to help you prepare a more traditional hot cross bun recipe with yeast, for when you have some more preparation time up your sleeve. The Companion has a special pastry program that will help you get the dough just right. 

How to store homemade hot cross buns

Your homemade hot cross buns will be very popular with family and friends, but if you happen to have any leftovers, here are some expert tips on how you can keep them to enjoy after Easter:

  • Use an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place. You can use a zip-lock bag, but make sure to remove as much air as possible from the bag before sealing it. They will last up to three days in the pantry in an airtight container.
  • Your hot cross buns will last up to two months in the freezer. But before you place them in the airtight container, individually wrap them in baking paper so they can be removed and thawed in portions.

Get creative with hot cross buns

Give your leftover hot cross buns a second life with these creative recipes, carefully curated by our in-house chefs. These recipes are made with the help of Tefal i-Companion XL. This all-in-one food processor cuts, preps, cooks and more for perfect results every time – it really is your ideal companion in the kitchen no matter what you are cooking.

Hot Cross Buns French Toast is a fast and delicious breakfast or brunch idea that can be prepared and cooked in just 10 minutes. The hard work of whisking the egg mix is taken care of by the Companion in 30 seconds. 

Hot Cross Buns Bread and Butter Pudding is a sweet take on a classic dessert, perfect for after dinner treats during the Easter holidays. The Companion makes short work of preparing the custard for this recipe. 

Feeling fancy? Try this delicious Hot Cross Buns Souffle. From turning the stale buns into breadcrumbs, whisking the egg yolks, to kneading the sticky dough, the Companion will help you create the perfect hot cross bun Easter soufflé.

Happy eating this Easter, and beyond!