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Hot Cross Buns Recipe - Hot cross buns on a cake tray with flowers and a yellow cloth.

Coconut and Mango Hot Cross Buns Recipe

A tropical hot cross bun recipe with mangoes, coconut, allspice and nutmeg
Course Dessert
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 298kcal


For the tropical hot cross buns:

  • 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

For the crosses:

  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 4 tbsp coconut milk

For the glaze:

  • 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.


Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 780IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 3mg