Wholemeal, apple and sultana hot cross bun loaf

Wholemeal, apple and sultana hot cross bun loaf_62096

Makes: One large loaf
Baking time: 25-30 minutes


  • 300g strong white bread flour ?
  • 200g plain wholemeal flour
  • 125ml warm water
  • 125ml warm milk
  • 7g dried instant yeast
  • 10g fine sea salt
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 medium free-range egg
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 1 tsp of orange zest
  • 1 tsp of lemon zest
  • 40g sultanas
  • 20g currants
  • small apple grated
  • tsp of cinnamon
  • tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 egg, to brush on top


  • Combine the flours, water, milk, yeast, salt and sugar in the mixer bowl and fit the dough hook. (If making by hand, combine in a large mixing bowl).
  • Add the beaten egg, zest and melted butter and mix to a sticky dough. If using a mixer, use the dough hook and mix on a low speed for approximately 8 minutes, or until the dough pulls together in a ball and the sides of the bowl are almost clean. Alternatively, tip onto the worktop and knead by hand for about 10 minutes (try not to add much flour – oil your hands with some olive oil to stop the dough sticking).
  • Put the dough in a buttered bowl (it needs to be quite big) cover with cling film and leave to rise for a couple of hours or until doubled in size.
  • Once it has doubled in size, tip the dough onto the worktop and flatten with your hands.
  • Put the dried fruit, grated apple, zests and spices on top of the dough, roll up then knead until combined. Flatten again then roll up to fit into the loaf tin.
  • Cover the loaf of dough with a clean tea towel and leave to prove for at least an hour at room temperature.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees.
  • Break an egg into a cup, whisk with a fork and brush on top of the loaf.
  • Mix strong white bread flour with a little water to make a paste, spoon this into a piping bag or a plastic food bag, snip a tiny hole in the corner and pipe a cross on the top of each loaf.
  • Once it’s doubled in size, place in the pre-heated oven and bake at 180 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until it’s golden brown and the dough sounds hollow.
  • While they are still hot, drizzle a little runny honey on top, then leave to cool on the baking tray. 

Recipe courtesy of Miranda Gore Browne. Miranda Gore Browne is a food writer, home-baking expert, director of The Kitchen School and passionate foodie. She was also a finalist on the first series of The Great British Bake Off. Miranda has written two books, Biscuit and Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can both published by EburyPress.

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Last edited: 01 April 2019 at 14:26

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