Hot Cross Donuts
Exactly what you think they are.
Serves: 6
For the dough:
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • ½ cup (125ml) milk, warmed
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp flavourless oil
  • 1 + ¼ cup (185g) plain flour
  • ½ cup mixed dried fruit
  • oil, for frying
For the cross:
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
To Serve:
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup raspberry jam
  1. To make the dough, dissolved the yeast in the warm milk, and then combine all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Stir everything together with a wooden spoon until a stiff dough forms.
  2. Knead the dough briefly, just until it feels springy and firm, and then place the dough back in the bowl, cover it with plastic and leave it to rise for an hour.
  3. Once the dough has risen, knock it down and divide into six donuts, place them on a lined baking tray, and set aside again for an hour.
  4. Meanwhile, make the mix for the crosses by placing the flour in a small bowl, and slowly stirring in enough water to make a thick paste.
  5. Once the donuts are risen, either pipe or spoon over the flour paste to make the crosses on the buns.
  6. Preheat at least 2 + ½ inches of oil in a deep pan to 375F/180C. Carefully fry the donuts one or two at a time (depending on the size of your pan), for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  7. Set the donuts onto a cake rack to drain and cool slightly while you cook the rest.
  8. Place the sugar and cinnamon into a shallow bowl, stir them together, and once the donuts are cool enough to handle, toss them in the sugar to coat them well.
  9. Using a piping bag with a fine tip, fill the donuts with jam. Push the piping tip into the side of each donut and squeeze just until the donut feels slightly heavy.
Recipe by The Sugar Hit at