Ash got happy baking last weekend and these were a great success at a friends farewell picnic. You can do the easy version which doesn’t involve crosses on top and jam to make them shiny and pretty too if you’re feeling lazy. Otherwise take your time and enjoy!



  • Zest of one orange

  • 2x cups of wholemeal flour + a little extra for piping (Approx. 100g)

  • 250mL light/soy milk/lactose free milk, heated until its warm

  • 1 Tbsp of dried instant yeast

  • Pinch of salt

  • 70g Olive Grove Margarine

  • 50g honey

  • 1x egg

  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1.5 tsp ground nutmeg

  • 0.5 tsp ground cloves

  • 150g sultanas

  • Apricot Jam

Piping/To Make Crosses (Optional)

  • 80g plain flour

  • Pinch salt

  • Tsp olive oil

  • 100mL hot water

Apricot Jam To Brush Buns (Optional)

  • 2xTbsp Apricot Jam

  • Tbsp Water


  1. Place warm milk and yeast into a bowl and mix until dissolved

  2. Mix wholemeal flour, salt, margarine, honey, egg and spices with a wooden spoon

  3. Add sultanas and a mix a little further

  4. Find strongest family member and make them knead for ten minutes by hand on a chopping board that has lightly been sprinkled with flour 😉

  5. Place in a large bowl and cover with surround wrap or kitchen towel. Keep in a warm place for 30 minutes. The mixture should rise to about 2x the original size

  6. Pre heat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius

  7. Divide into 12 pieces and shape into balls. Place on a baking tray which is lined with baking paper

  8. Combine the piping ingredients. If still too thick you can add a little more hot water

  9. Transfer to a piping bag or make your own and pipe crosses onto the top of the buns

  10. Bake for ten minutes. Then turn the oven down to 180 degrees and to grill for 2 minutes to brown the tops

  11. Take out of the oven

  12. Lightly heat jam and water on low heat in saucepan

  13. Brush buns with Apricot Jam whilst still hot

  14. Leave to cool on a baking rack

  15. DEVOUR with family and friends