Cheesy Hot Cross Buns

If you’re not familiar with Hot Cross Buns they’re traditionally an enriched dough with various lovely spices and dried fruit and are always eaten on Good Friday and over Easter. I’m not a fan of the traditional bun so when I spotted this recipe in my latest BBC Good Food magazine I just knew I had to try the recipe out. These savoury hot cross buns packed with cheesy flavour. As the name suggests they’re best served warm and toasted with a generous serving of butter.

cheesy hot cross buns

cheese buns hot cross

(Makes 6)



350g strong white bread flour

10g fast action dried yeast

1 teaspoon salt

250ml warm milk

70g freshly grated mature Cheddar cheese, plus extra

Parmesan Cross Mixture:

2 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese

2 1/2 tablespoons plain flour

2 1/2 tablespoons water

easy cheesy hot cross buns


1. To make the dough: In a large bowl combine the flour, yeast and salt. Mix together, then make a well in the centre. Add the warm milk and mix to form a sticky dough. Then knead on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes by hand or in with an electric mixer, fitted with a dough hook for 5 minutes or until the dough is really well elasticated and soft. Then cover the bowl with a damp tea towel or some oiled cling film and leave somewhere warm to rise for 30 minutes.

2. After 30 minutes, remove the dough from the bowl, knead the grated Cheddar cheese in the dough. Then divide the dough into six equally sized balls- I weighed my dough to be exact. Then place in a little oiled tray, spaced out about 2-3cm. Cover again and leave somewhere warm until they’ve doubled in size and joined up.

3. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Fan/200°C/400°F. Make parmesan crosses by mixing together the parmesan, flour and milk until smooth. Place in a piping bag fitted with a small round nozzle. Pipe the cross design onto the risen dough. Sprinkle over a little extra Cheddar and Parmesan and bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden. Serve hot or cold.

cheesy hot cross buns bbc recipe




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83 thoughts on “Cheesy Hot Cross Buns

    • Thanks Suzanne! I’d never seen a savoury hot cross bun before I found this recipe either! But it’s so good, I definitely prefer these to the traditional hot cross bun! 🙂

  1. OMG, you seem to have been reading my mind! I’ve never made these but this Easter was going to be the time! First time I see these buns made with cheese, now I can’t make up my mind; the plain ones or the whatjessicabakednext cheese ones? 😉
    We’ll see…

    • Hi Rosa! You’ll love hot cross buns, both sweet and savoury versions. I love these because, I don’t really like any kind of dried fruit. Whatever recipe you choose, you’ll love hot cross buns! Looking forward to your recipe! 🙂 x

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  3. I was not aware of hot cross buns before last weekend when I made some. I’m posting them tomorrow!! Love that you made these with cheese!! I can’t wait to try.

    • Thanks Zainab! It think Hot Cross Buns are more popular in countries like the UK, Australia etc… Really looking forward to your recipe, I bet it’ll be fab! And, yeah the cheese was a really good addition to this traditional recipe!

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  5. Every Easter, I tell myself I want to try making hot cross buns. Yours look like they’re from a store–so perfect. I’ve never seen them with cheese, but sounds like a great idea!

  6. Cheese hot cross buns sound awesome! I’d eat them any day of the year, not only at Easter! 🙂
    Will give these a go over the weekend, thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  7. I’d never thought of savory hot cross buns, but girl, do they look awesome! I need to make these asap : )

  8. I had a sweet version at an Italian bakery recently, but this savor take looks even more rich and delicious. I will be giving these a try with the rainy week we have ahead 🙂

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