Hot Cross Buns are an Easter staple, so if you’re looking for a weaning nibble for your little one that isn’t full of chocolate eggs and sugary sweets, then our hot cross buns for babies are the perfect choice for the whole family!
300g plain flour
120g wholemeal flour
1 tsp instant yeast
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 orange, zested and juiced
1 apple, grated
1 Babease Greek Style Yoghurt with Prunes & Oats Pouch
For the Cross:
Equal mix plain flour and water - we recommend 6 tablespoons of each
- In a pan, add the orange zest, orange juice, grated apple and raisins. Heat together for a few minutes until the juice has evaporated.
- In a different pan, heat up the milk and Babease Greek Yoghurt pouch, mixing together for one minute. Set aside to cool a little.
- Combine the flours, yeast, bicarb and cinnamon in a bowl. Make a well in the flour mix and slowly pour in the milk/pouch mixture. Combine well.
- Knead the dough for around five minutes, then mix in the cooled raisin mixture, rolling it together into a dough ball.
- Place the dough ball into a bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for 2 hours; the dough should double in size.
- While waiting for the dough to rise, line a deep baking tray with baking paper.
- After 2 hours, when the dough has risen, knead it again for a few minutes, then split the dough into 12 pieces, forming each into a ball shape. Pop the dough balls on the lined baking tray, placing them together so they are touching.
- Turn on the oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
- In a sandwich bag, mix together an equal amount of water and plain flour until it forms a light paste. We recommend 6 tablespoons of each. Cut a small hole in the corner so that you can pipe with it, and pipe a line of the mixture along the dough to form a cross on each bun.
- Pop the tray in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Can Babies Eat Hot Cross Buns?
Most shop-bought hot cross buns will be unsuitable for little ones due to the sugar content. Our hot cross bun recipe is free from added sugar, making it suitable for babies from 6 months onwards.
How to Serve a Hot Cross Bun for Babies
There are a few different ways to serve these hot cross buns for your little one. For baby-led weaning, it can be good to simply slice the buns in half or into chunks that your little one can hold in their hand to feed themselves.
For added flavour and texture, and to help soften the buns for baby to chew, you can also try adding one of our Babease breakfast pouches as a topping.
Can You Freeze Hot Cross Buns?
It’s unlikely your little one will be scoffing down 12 buns at once, so you can freeze the rest of the hot cross buns and defrost one overnight each time you want to offer one to baby.