Ever wanted to make your own hot cross buns? If like Ebony from Neat 2 Eat, you find yourself culinarily challenged when it comes to working with yeast she has got the perfect solution for you – Hot Cross Muffins. Not only are these tasty morsels easy to make but they also taste just like hot cross buns, what’s not to love!


2 cups of plain flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
¼ cup of caster sugar
1 teaspoon of mix spice
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 cup of sultanas
2 tablespoons of orange juice (I used freshly squeezed)
1/2 cup of dried apricots (diced)
100gms of melted butter (cooled)
2 eggs
1 cup of milk
Glaze for the crosses
1/4 cup of icing sugar
2 teaspoons of orange juice


Pre heat oven to 170 degrees. Line a muffin tray with muffin cups or spray with cooking oil and set aside.

Place the sultanas in a microwave proof dish and pour the orange juice over the top, cover (I just used a dinner plate) and microwave on high for 1 minute, set aside and allow to cool.

In a large mixing bowl sift the flour, sugar, mixed spice, ground cinnamon and baking powder and mix together using a fork. Stir in the sultana mix and diced apricots.

In a medium bowl whisk the eggs, then add the milk and then the cooled butter and continue whisking until well combined.

Pour this mix over the flour mix and stir until just combine.,Spoon mixture into the muffin tray filling each cup 2/3 of the way allowing room for the muffin to rise.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 or until golden brown. Remove and allow to cool before adding the glaze.

To make the glaze sift icing sugar into a small bowl then add the orange juice and mix well until roughly combined.
Using either a teaspoon or a zip lock bag with a tiny hole in the bottom corner drizzle the glaze over the cooled muffins in a cross pattern to mimic the cross on a hot cross bun.

About Ebony from Neat 2 Eat

Creative, Hardworking, Reliable and Funny are all words that Ebony Malcolm is known by. But it was the word MUM that inspired her to take a journey into the world of business and become an author with Neat 2 Eat.

Ebony’s son Lachlan was diagnosed with autism at the age of 6 and it was Ebony’s journey of food discovery with Lachlan that created the vision for Neat 2 Eat.

Now not only does Ebony share here resources and knowledge at www.neat2eat.com.au she is the author of Neat 2 Eat – Everyday Lunchbox Recipes & Fun with Food; and Ebony is fast becoming Australia’s leading Lunchbox fun expert.