Not your average buns!

Hello lovely readers, happy Easter!! Hope you are making the most of this long weekend. I know I am ☺️

Super excited about this recipe that I’m sharing with you today. One of my favourite things about Easter is eating delicious Hot Cross buns. I love, love, love them so much that I decided to make them myself this year….but of course with a twist!

For this recipe I am incorporating some Persian ingredients. This will be your only challenge. If you can’t find these ingredients simply substitute or leave out. However, you may find these items at Persian or middle eastern grocers.

This recipe can be a bit time consuming so allow yourself some time, also if you have a kitchen aid it really comes in handy but if not, don’t worry as you can always use your hands! (The kitchen aid only saves you kneading time). I hope you give it a go and have fun getting creative with it 😊

Persian style Hot Cross buns

Prep time 2-3 hours makes 12

Ingredients for the dough

  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of almond meal
  • 2x 7g sachets of dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup of raw sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp of all spice
  • 1 1/2 tsp of cardamom
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of barberries and green sultanas (Persian sultanas) mixture
  • 40g of unsalted butter
  • 300ml of milk
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten

Flour Paste

  • 1/2 cup of plain flour
  • 5 tbsp of water


  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp saffron mixture
  • 2tbsp raw sugar
  • pistacchio and rose petals to garnish


  • combine flour, almond meal, yeast, sugar, all spice, cardamom, salt and barberry/sultana mixture to a large bowl
  • melt the butter in the microwave for 60 sec
  • add milk to butter and heat further until mixture is lukewarm
  • add the milk mixture and the eggs to the flour mixture
  • mix the dough until it comes together then knead for 10 minutes on a floured surface. alternatively use a kitchen aid on low to medium speed with the dough hook
  • place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap for 90 minutes in a warm, draught free place until it doubles in size
  • line a large baking tray with paper
  • punch the dough down to it’s original size and knead for 30 seconds on a lightly floured surface
  • divide into 12 equal portions and shape into a ball
  • place balls onto tray about 1 cm apart
  • cover again and set aside for another 30 minutes
  • pre-heat oven to 180 C fan force
  • make the flour paste in a small bowl by mixing the ingredients until paste is formed then pipe the paste onto buns in the form of a cross
  • bake for 20-25 mins
  • make the glaze by heating water, saffron and sugar in a small pot over low heat. stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to boil and let it boil for 3-4 mins
  • brush the glaze over the buns and add the garnish
  • serve warm (my recommendation) or at room temperature
nom nom nom….soooo delicious 😋

Well, that’s all I got for you. I hope you have a fantastic and safe Easter break. As for me, I’ll shortly devour these buns 😝

Till next time Xx

Till next time Xx