Toddler-friendly hot cross buns

Looking for a toddler-friendly hot cross bun, that’s light and fluffy and perfectly spiced?

You’ve found the right recipe. It’s simple to follow along, and uses simple ingredients.

They’re nice and soft, and pair perfectly with a good slathering of butter.

Please keep in mind saltanas are recommended from 18 months onwards, and honey from 1 year onwards. If you want to make this for your bub, sub the honey for maple syrup and leave out the saltanas.

Toddler-friendly hot cross buns

This hot cross bun recipe is perfect for toddlers, with a refined sugar free dough. It's easy to put together, and your kids may even want to help out in the kitchen (kneading the dough and shaping the buns is lots of fun!). They're soft, pillowy and perfectly spiced. Cut in half and serve with lots of butter, yum!

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 25 mins Rest Time 80 mins Total Time 2 hrs Difficulty: Beginner Cooking Temp: 180  °C Servings: 12


Yeast mixture

Wet ingredients

Dry ingredients




  1. Activate your yeast

    In a bowl or jug, mix water, honey and yeast together with a whisk. Sit for 5 minutes - it should have froth on the top.

  2. Prepare your dry ingredients

    Add all of your dry ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine.

  3. Combine your wet and dry ingredients

    Pour your yeast mixture, melted butter and milk into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir to combine, eventually kneading with your hands. Spread some flour on your bench and knead for 10 minutes. The dough should be smooth. Then cover with a tea towel and rest for 60 minutes.

  4. Roll into balls

    Knead your dough again for about a minute, to let the air out. Then divide into 12 sections, and roll each section into balls (see tucking method in video). Allow the balls to rest for a further 20 minutes.

  5. Pipe crosses

    Mix water and flour together and stir well to get rid of lumps. Fill a ziplock bag and snip the corner, piping crosses on top of your buns.

  6. Bake

    Bake at 180C for 25-30 minutes or until deeply golden brown.

  7. Glaze

    Add apricot jam to a mug or small bowl and microwave for 40 seconds, then brush over the top of your hot cross buns.

    You can skip this step if you are avoiding sugar.

  8. A note on leftover buns/reheating

    Make sure you re-heat your buns when eating the next day, or once they have cooled down. Hot cross buns are softer and fluffier when warm. I heat two buns for 40-50 seconds, cut in half, add lots of butter, and eat!

Keywords: hot cross bun for kids, healthier hot cross buns


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