Hot Cross Doughnuts

A fun and delicious twist on an Easter classic, these hot cross doughnuts are made with a sweet and lightly spiced dough perfect for sharing at an Easter gathering. 

Make them fruity with raisins or fancy something more indulgent? Add chocolate chips.

Ingredients and Method


  • 420g Plain Flour
  • 60g Unsalted Butter
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Mixed Spices
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 10g Dry Yeast
  • 1 Egg
  • 200ml Warm Water
  • 64g Raisins or Chocolate Chips
  • Oil, for deep frying
  • Extra Caster Sugar, for dusting the base
  • Apricot Jam, to coat the top
  • Icing Sugar, for cross


  1. Rub the butter into the flour and mix in the sugar, spices and fruit/chocolate chips.
  2. Add yeast and mix.
  3. Beat the egg and warm water together and add to the dough.
  4. Mix to form a soft dough and knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  5. Divide and roll into 24 balls.
  6. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size.
  7. Heat a large pan of oil to 180°C and fry the doughnuts until golden and puffed.
  8. Remove from oil and dust base with caster sugar and top coat with apricot jam.
  9. Mix the icing sugar and pipe a cross on top of each doughnut.
  10. Leave icing to set before serving