Hot cross buns with pumpkin butter and bacon caramel

By YOU Digital
08 April 2020


Preparation: 15 Min | Cooking: 30 Min | Serves 8

Fill hot cross buns with delicious fillings to take this Easter favourite to new flavour heights.


Hot cross buns

10g instant yeast

250ml (1c) warm milk

60ml (¼c) castor sugar

375ml (1½c) bread flour

375ml (1½c) cake flour

5ml (1t) cinnamon

5ml (1t) cloves

5ml (1t) nutmeg

5ml (1t) white pepper

375ml (1½c) chocolate, chopped

3 eggs

125ml (½c) butter

For the cross

60ml (¼c) flour

30ml (2T) water

5ml (1T) sugar

Pumpkin butter

500g Eskort Minced Bacon

500g pumpkin

45ml (3T) olive oil

45ml (3T) brown sugar

5ml (1t) vanilla essence

60ml (¼c) butter

Bacon caramel

250ml (1c) castor sugar

45ml (3T) butter

60ml (¼c) cream

pinch of salt

500g Eskort Minced Bacon


Ice-cream of your choice


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Mix yeast, warm milk and sugar in a jug and set aside.
  • Combine the remaining dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Add the chocolate.
  • Beat the eggs into the yeasty milk and add to the dry ingredients in the bowl.
  • Knead while slowly adding butter until smooth.
  • Shape into small bun-sized balls and place in a greased pan. Allow sufficient space between each ball for proofing.
  • Allow to proof until doubled in size.

For the cross

  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and transfer into a piping bag.
  • Pipe the cross over the buns and bake for 20-25 minutes until done.

Pumpkin butter

  • Fry the bacon in a pan until crispy.
  • Toss the pumpkin in the olive oil, sugar and vanilla essence. Place on a greased baking sheet and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • Place the pumpkin, bacon and butter in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Refrigerate before serving.

Bacon caramel

  • Heat castor sugar in a pan over moderate heat. Swirl the pan gently as the sugar starts to melt.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir gently.
  • Slice open the hot cross buns, fill with ice cream and top with pumpkin butter or bacon caramel. 

TIP Use store-bought hot cross buns to save time. 

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