Hot Cross Scones

Monday 15 March 2010

It's going to be Easter in just a few short weeks. I love Easter and have many fond memories from when I was a child . . . it's one of my favourite holidays.

The Easter Bunny always left us a whole lot of goodies . . . chocolate Easter Bunnies, chocolate Easter Eggs, those marshmallow filled candy eggs and if we were really lucky a fresh new bag of marbles or a jug of bubbles to blow.

My mom always used to stay up really late on Easter Eve colouring eggs with crayons to surprise us with on Easter Morning. She never hard boiled the eggs, they were always raw and my oh my, they were always so pretty . . . some with varied coloured stripes (my favourites) and others with pastel swirls and curls.

She would poke a hole into each end with her darning needle, and we would blow the insides out until our cheeks hurt, ready for Easter Morning scrambled eggs . . . and then the empty shells would be gathered on a string of yarn and tied so that we could wear them around our necks. We would each vie to see who could get through the whole day with the most empty eggs left intact!!

Another thing that I always loved about Easter was hot cross buns on Easter morning, fresh and piping hot from the oven, toasted and then spread with cold butter . . . . so so moreish, it's tasty buttery goodness melting into all the nooks and crannies. Oh my . . .

Can there be anything better or tastier on earth????

. . . well . . . ahem . . . not unless you count these divine little treats.

Hot Cross Scones. All the scrummy yuminess of a hot cross bun . . . cept in the crumbly buttery goodness of a moist and tasty scone!!!

You can have these babies mixed, baked and sitting on your plate just waiting to be devoured in just slightly more than half an hour . . . that's not bad.

I dare say these are quite . . . quite . . . dangerous to have around.

Good thing Easter only comes but once a year!

*Hot Cross Scones*
Makes 8
Printable Recipe

All the fruity and spicy flavours of a delicious hot cross bun, in a scrummy moist home baked scone. You can use the traditional hot cross on the top made out of flour paste, or you use my preference of one made with an icing sugar glaze.

225g self raising flour, plus extra for dusting (1 1/2 cups plus 2 TBS)
75g butter, softened (1/3 cup)
40g light muscovado sugar (3 TBS)
75g small sultana raisins (1/2 cup)
50g cut mixed peel (6 TBS)
1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
1 large egg, beaten
3 TBS buttermilk, plus extra for brushing
demerara sugar for dusting (optional)

For flour paste crosses:
50g plain flour (1/4 cup plus 1 TBS)

For icing glaze:
2 ounces sifted icing sugar (60g or scant half cup)

Preheat the oven to 220*C/425*f. Lightly butter a baking sheet. Set aside.

Sift the flour into a large bowl. Drop in the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until it resembles bread crumbs. Stir in the muscovado sugar, sultanas, peel and spice.

Beat together the egg and buttermilk. Pour into the flour mixture and bring together with a fork to make a soft dough. Lightly dust the countertop with flour and turn the dough out onto the counter. Roll or pat out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into rounds with a 2 inch round cutter, giving it a sharp tap down and lift straight up, without twisting. Place onto the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll any trimmings and repeat until all the dough is used up. Cut a cross shape in the top with a sharp knife and brush with some more buttermilk. Sprinkle demerara sugar on top if desired.

If you are making the paste crossed, mix together the flour and sugar and 1 to 2 TBS of water. Knead to make a smooth dough. Roll out and cut into thin strips to make a cross on top of each scone.

Bake for 15 minutes until well risen and golden brown. Cool slightly on a wire rack.

Whisk together the icing sugar and enough milk to make a drizzle. Drizzle this over top of the scones in a cross pattern if desired.

Serve warm, or split and toast the next day and serve with a smudge of butter.

hmm . . . guess I'll have to bake some more . . .


  1. Ooh, I just finished a loaf of Irish Soda Bread and I think scones are next up on the menu!

  2. Ooooooooh! Nothing better than amazing scones, and these look AMAZING, Marie! Hot Cross Buns are great, but these look even better!

    So glad I found you, Marie--you make like a tasty, lovely place! Hope your Sunday has been wonderful, peaceful and happy.

    I'm staying up for a while with my youngest who's got a bit of a bug--can't give her more medicine for an hour or two--then off to bed for us! Lots of love sent your way tonight, my friend!

  3. Mmmm, Marie, these look VERY good this morning!
    xoxo Pattie

  4. Your photoes are so seductive! The butter melts a bit more in each one, and I am dribbling down my shirt by the last one! Wicked!

  5. Thank you for your birthday wishes at the YamDaisy cafe :)


  6. These do look dangerous to have around. The other dangerous thing is your jelly doughnut muffins which I made yesterday. OMG - they are amazing. Very moreish - they didn't last long as one was not enough.

  7. I love your Easter story Marie! I can just picture you as a child wearing your egg necklace :) The scones look marvelous!

  8. Love hot cross buns but these scones look yummy! A good Easter week tea time treat!

  9. These scones look once again delicious and worth s try. Also the muffin doughnuts which I will do when back in Canada.
    We must remember that Easter is not about bunnies, chocolate and eggs but that the Lord Jesus Christ died for us, was buried and rose again that we might believe on Him and be saved.

  10. This is really neat. I've never come across a hot cross scone before but when you think about it and see how good they look - why not!?

  11. Those scones have me tempted….I promised not to make too many sweets coming up as we all could stand to lose a few pounds!

  12. I love your blog! If only I had the time to make you recipes I'd be a happy woman.

  13. I was just popping by to find a recipe, I love to visit you here. When I was in the UK the other week I treated myself to a bag of hot cross buns to have when I came back, they don't know of them here. I have never tried as scones, but as I love Scones too oh my!!! I also loved your rock cakes recipe, thanks so much x Catherine

  14. Waht a great recipe! never heard of hopt cross scones,but I know for sure i would love them.

  15. What a brilliant idea, much easier than making yeast buns. I wonder if it would be too much to make the crosses from icing sugar and water?

  16. The scones look delicious. Thanks for sharing your family easter traditions. Sounds like a lot of fun.

  17. LOL - love your last photo!!! Great idea to make scones into hot cross buns. If I was any goos at baking scones I'd give this a try.

  18. What great twist on the traditional Marie. Despite my dodgy oven & MOTH's explosive cholesterol reading I'm going to try these immediately!
    Millie ^_^


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