Hot Cross(less!) Bun Loaf



Hot Cross(less) Bun Loaf

Fancy a bit of Easter baking?  Try this Hot Cross(less) Bun Loaf!

All the taste of a hot cross bun but without the calories, fat and sugar!

I wanted to make a healthy Easter treat that I could enjoy guilt free (I love hot cross buns but they are not the healthiest treat).  I also wanted something that Bernie could enjoy. 

Tasty simply as it is, fresh out the oven, cut into slices, toasted with a little butter or go crazy and top it with some almond butter and blueberries!

It takes hardly any time at all to put together; the hardest part is waiting for it to bake!!

So go on, impress everyone that calls round by serving them up a perfect Easter, homemade (and healthy!) treat.

You're welcome!

Course Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10


  • 500 g plain white flour (I used white spelt flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch sea salt
  • 100 g sultanas
  • 100 g mixed peel
  • zest 1 orange
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp honey (or agave nectar for a vegan version)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F and line a loaf tin (I use the ready made paper loaf tin liners for ease).

  2. In a large mixing bowl add the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, sultanas, mixed peel, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and mix until combined.

  3. In a jug mix the water and honey, then add to the dry ingredients.

  4. Mix everything together until combined and pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin.

  5. Place in the over for 50 minutes and insert a knife to check if it comes out clean.  If not, place back in the over for another 10 minutes.

  6. Once cooked through, place on a wire rack to cool completely.

  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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