If Africans did Hot Cross Buns, this Hot Cross Buns Recipe right here, would be the one we would make. Why? Because we love sweet, baked buns and cakes, and we love to bring our tropical flavours to traditional British recipes. Mangoes would replace raisins and sultanas and coconut milk would replace fresh milk.
Yeap, this Mango and Coconut Hot Cross Buns recipe is so easy to make and immensely morish.
Now let’s talk about leftovers. Leftover Hot Cross Buns are not really a thing in my house. First, we eat aaaaaaaaaaalll the Easter Chocolate. Then we eat aaaaaaaaaallllll the buns. Every single one. We are greedy like that.
You might have more restraint than us and if you do then my friend S has some advice for you. You can freeze them or make Hot Cross Buns French Toast and Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding. These sound so lush. Of course you can just toast them.
Hot Cross Buns Recipe
These Hot Cross Buns are packed full of sweet mango pieces pre-soaked in coconut milk, with hints of shredded coconut for a bit of texture, all paired beautifully with the warming flavours of nutmeg and allspice. Even the crosses have a coconut flavour. Yeap, this is how we would do it for Easter Hot Cross Buns in Sierra Leone.
Tips for Perfect Hot Cross Buns
- Using a mixer will be quick and easy but if you mix by hand you can work out when you think the dough is right.
- Soak the fruits for about 30-45 mins beforehand so that the fruits are nice and juicy in the buns.
- Use a high grade of flour as the gluten will result in lighter baked treats.
- Please do allow your dough rise in a warm spot until it has doubled in size.
- Change up the spices to your taste – things like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and others to taste.
- Feel free to use marzipan to make the cross for the buns.
- Try and bake the buns in the middle of the oven for more even baking.
Hot Cross Buns History
What Are Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns are a spiced sweet yeasted bun studded with dried fruits like currants, sultanas or in this case mango and then marked on the top with a cross that is either marked on or has icing pipped top. Whilst these are traditionally eaten on Good Friday you can now find them in supermarkets and food stores all year round.
I found you this really cool video that tells you a little bit more about Hot Cross Buns history. Have fun finding out more.
Easy Hot Cross Buns Recipes
More Easter Recipes
Here is how to make this Hot Cross Buns Recipe. Please do try it and if you do make it then please do tag #recipesfromapantry on Instagram or Twitter so that I can pop over and have a look. It is really, really awesome for me when you make any one of my recipes. You can also share it on my Facebook page.
- 75 g (2.6oz) dried mango finely chopped
- 200 ml hand hot coconut milk
- 450 g (1lb) strong white bread flour
- 50 g (1.7oz) caster sugar
- 3 tbsp shredded coconut
- 4 tsp easy bake yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- 50 g (1.7oz) caster sugar
- 50 g (1.7oz) melted butter
- 1 egg beaten
- 4 tbsp plain flour
- 4 tbsp coconut milk
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp water
- Soak the mango in the warm coconut milk for 15 mins.
- Combine the flour, sugar, shredded coconut, yeast, salt, nutmeg and allspice in a large bowl and mix.
- Heat the coconut milk and mango mixture in a microwave for about 25 secs to make it hand hot again.
- Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the melted butter, the coconut mango mix and the egg and mix till it is well combined and forms a dough that comes cleanly off the side of the bowl.
- Cover the bowl and set aside in a warm place for about 1.5hrs, or until doubled in size.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and punch out the air.
- Split the dough into 12 equal sized pieces, shape them into balls and place on a lightly oiled and lined baking tray. Make sure to leave enough space so they can rise.
- Cover and leave them to rise for about 30 mins, or until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to fan-assisted 170C / 190C / 375F / gas 5.
- Make the cross paste by thoroughly mixing the flour and coconut milk and piping the crosses over the buns.
- Transfer the buns into the oven and bake for 15-20 mins, until they are golden.
- Remove them from the oven and transfer to a wire rack.
- Quickly mix together the honey and water for the glaze and brush this over the hot cross buns before leaving them to cool completely.