Hot Cross Scones

Hot Cross Scones // a quick Easter bake, these scones a heady with Hot Cross Bun spices and fruit //

These Hot Cross Scones are a speedy alternative to baking the real thing, yet they have all the familiar spice and flavours you want from a Hot Cross Bun.

Heady with spices and studded with sultanas, these scones simply need a generous spread of butter.

Pop the kettle on, make a cuppa and devour this home-baked Easter treat.

I’ve simply iced a cross on these scones, for the photos – they are Hot Cross Scones after all – but they don’t really need it to be honest. I just wanted to make them look more festive!

They were a bit of baking inspiration for me over the weekend, I really wanted to make some hot cross buns but I was limited with time so I whipped these up before Sunday dinner, making the most of the hot oven.

I had made a trial batch the day before, experimenting with spelt flour, but they didn’t rise very well.

I loved the flavours however, so I switched back to an all-white flour batch and they were perfect.

They do look a wee bit wholemeal-ly but that’s down to the spices and the light muscovado sugar I’ve sweetened them with.

Hot Cross Scones // a quick Easter bake, these scones a heady with Hot Cross Bun spices and fruit //If you wanted to make the crosses a little more permanent then you could lay little thin strips of shortcrust pastry over the scones before you baked them. 

I wanted a quick bake so I iced them after they had cooled. Totally up to you!

Hot Cross Scones // a quick Easter bake, these scones a heady with Hot Cross Bun spices and fruit //

Hot Cross Scones

Makes around 12 scones.

  • 450 g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 slightly heaped tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 100 g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 75 g light muscovado sugar (or light brown sugar)
  • 100 g sultanas
  • 275 g milk (approx)

Preheat oven to 220ºC / 424ºF / gas 7.

Sift the self-raising flour, baking powder, salt and mixed spice into a large mixing bowl.

Add the cubed butter and rub to crumbs with your fingertips. Alternatively, pulse together in a food processor.

Stir in the light muscovado sugar and the sultanas.

Add most of the milk (you may not need all of it, you may need a spot more) and cut it into the mixture using a table knife, then switch to your hands to bring the dough together. As with all scones, try not to over work the dough.

Roll out on a lightly floured work surface to 2 cm thick.

Use a 6 cm fluted cutter to stamp out the scones. Don’t twist the cutter in the dough or you’ll end up with a lopsided scone.

Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for around 12 minutes in the preheated oven until risen and golden.

Cool on a wire rack.

Ice once cool if needed: mix icing sugar with a little splash of cold water or lemon juice to make icing thick enough to drizzle crosses over the scones.

Hot Cross SconesServe with butter and eat fresh.

Hot Cross Scones // a quick Easter bake, these scones a heady with Hot Cross Bun spices and fruit //

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By Rachel A Davis   Follow on Bloglovin

Are you tempted with these scones? How would you serve them?

4 Responses

  1. Yum! As an American, it’s kinda funny to see the Aussie obsession of hot cross buns here…hot cross bun macaroons and even ice cream sandwiches. 🙂
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    • Rachel Davis says:

      Ooo, hot cross bun macaroon! Yum! And I think I could definitely go with an ice cream sandwich! How come I’ve not come across them here? Curious! 😉

  2. Kylie says:

    Ohhhh that’s interesting adding spices into them! Will have to give this recipe a shot 🙂
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