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Fig and Walnut Hot Cross Buns

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These popular Easter bakes are made sweet, juicy with dried figs and coconut milk, aromatic with cinnamon and nutmeg, crunchy with walnuts, and sticky with maple syrup. Top these beauties with lashings of butter for a satisfying treat that is perfect with a cuppa. Or you can follow the original recipe and serve them with cinnamon butter.

DoughCross Paste
  • 100 g Unsalted butter, chopped
  • 350 ml Coconut milk
  • 1 Medium egg, at room-temperature
  • 350 g Plain flour, sifted
  • 300 g Wholemeal spelt flour
  • 100 g Homemade vanilla sugar (or just regular white sugar)
  • 200 g Dried figs, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 50 g Walnuts, toasted, roughly chopped
  • 2 x 7 g Active dried yeast
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 90 g Maple syrup
  • 35 g Plain flour
  • 2 tbsp Coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp Water
  1. Melt unsalted butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, then add coconut milk and warm through. Remove from the heat and whisk in egg to combine. Set aside.
  2. Combine the flours, vanilla sugar, dried fig, walnut, yeast, spices and salt in a stand mixer with the dough hook. Gradually add the warm milk mixture and knead on medium speed until combined. Increase speed to medium-high and knead for a further 8-10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  3. Transfer dough to a lightly buttered bowl, turn to coat, cover with plastic wrap and stand in a warm place for 45 minutes- 1 hour until doubled in size.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200C/400F. Line a round 26cm baking pan with parchment paper and grease the sides with butter.
  5. Knock back the dough, then turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide dough into 20 even pieces, each about 75 grams, and roll each into a smooth ball. Place one ball in the centre of the prepared baking pan, then arrange remaining balls around it in two concentric circles, leaving about 1/2 cm in between each. I used 18 dough balls for the biggest baking pan I have and shape the remaining into a large bun. Cover loosely with a clean tea towel and stand for 30 minutes or until risen by half.
  6. To make the piping, combine the flour, coconut milk and water in a small bowl until smooth. Transfer to a zip-lock bag and cut a small hole on one corner. Pipe a cross on each bun and bake for 10 minutes, then reduce oven to 180C/350F and bake for a further 25-30 minutes or until buns are golden and sound hollow when tapped. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly and brush with maple syrup. Serve with butter if desired.

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Tom 28/3/23 23:15

...a different take on an Easter favorite.

Lola Martínez 28/3/23 23:18

No creo haberlos probado nunca, pero por los ingredientes que llevan y el aspecto que tienen, son una delicia.
Un beso.

Brian's Home Blog 29/3/23 01:26

WOW, I love hot cross buns and those look so darn good!

My name is Erika. 29/3/23 01:39

These look like a delicious take on the traditional hot cross bun. And i bet they are really tasty too. Have a great middle of the week. Hugs-Erika

J.P. Alexander 29/3/23 04:09

Amo los higos Gracias por la receta. Pronto la hare. Te mando un beso.

Citu 29/3/23 04:10

Amo los higos Gracias por la receta. Pronto la hare Te mando un beso.

Margaret D 29/3/23 06:46

They look wonderful, like the recipe.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews 29/3/23 09:39
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Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews 29/3/23 09:40

I am not sure where I stand on this new and growing trend for flavoured hot cross buns, as it kind of detracts from the meaning of them and what they represent.

The supermarkets, here in the UK, are churning out some disgusting flavour combinations this year. Why try and fix something that isn't broken? A plain fruit hot cross bun, well toasted and served with lashings of butter, has been the staple for decades and no one has ever complained about it before!

That having been said, your recipe doesn't deviate from the original so much and I do love both figs and walnuts, although this would be a batch for one, as hubby isn't too keen on either of those.

I am definitely up for trying that cinnamon butter recipe too, it sounds delicious :)

Rose world 29/3/23 11:04

Never have such Easter buns.

Medeja 29/3/23 11:51

Generally I am not a fan of classic hot cross buns but with figs and walnuts I have no doubt that I would love :D

Marissa 29/3/23 12:07

Love this fresh take on hot cross buns, Angie! I think the figs and walnuts would make these my favorite version!

Rainbow Evening 29/3/23 12:12

coconut milk makes bakes smell good... yummy...
love it

kathyinozarks 29/3/23 13:29

those sound sooo good I haven't made hot cross buns in a long time maybe I will this year happy mid week Kathy

DEZMOND 29/3/23 13:56

Those look very lovely amen and halleluyah LOL I just bought some dried figs for my raw energy balls. Had to buy a new food processor as I destroyed the previous one thanks to a hidden stone in one of the dates I was trying to mince in it.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station 29/3/23 18:08

They look delicious and I love that there is figs in them.

Bill 29/3/23 20:49

Wow, they look incredibly delicious.

Cooking Julia 29/3/23 23:29

I like the brown color of the dough and the white crosses ar so nice!

foodtravelandwine 30/3/23 00:34

It looks beautiful and it must be delicious!!.....I love the combination of figs and walnuts!!.....wonderful!!.......Abrazotes, Marcela

Nancy Chan 30/3/23 10:23

Just perfect for Easter. Look yummy.

Veronica Lee 30/3/23 12:55

Oooo! I love hot cross buns and these are a solid yum!

Hugs and blessings, Angie

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 30/3/23 14:29

These are wonderfully rich with deliciousness!


Hola Angie. Qué preciosidad de bollos de Pascua, tienen que estar deliciosos. Me gustan todos los ingredientes que lleva. Gracias por compartir 😘

Velva-Evening With A Sandwich 30/3/23 16:09

Oh yes! Put my name on these hot cross buns. Beautiful Angie.

Raymund 31/3/23 11:19

Wow, these Easter bakes with dried figs and coconut milk look and sound amazing! I love the combination of sweet and crunchy with the added touch of maple syrup. I can't wait to try making them and topping them off with a generous amount of butter.

Lowcarb team member 31/3/23 23:21

I think many may enjoy these at Easter :)

All the best Jan

Neil 1/4/23 08:35

Love these. A nice twist on the traditional hot cross buns!

eileeninmd 1/4/23 11:31

Hello Angie, these buns look delicious. I would like one with my coffee this morning. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a wonderful weekend.

Anonymous 3/4/23 04:15

Judee from Gluten Free A-Z: These look amazing with the fig and walnuts. What a great Easter treat.

Sherry's Pickings 5/4/23 09:16

these sound very delightful and delicious angie.


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