Hot Cross Buns with Pumpkin Butter and Bacon Caramel

Hot Cross Bun with bacon and pumpkin butter

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Hot Cross Buns


  • Hot Cross Buns
  • 375 ml (1 ½ C) bread flour
  • 375 ml (1 ½ C) cake flour
  • 10 g instant yeast
  • 60 ml (¼ C) castor sugar
  • 5 ml (1 t) cinnamon
  • 5 ml (1 t) cloves
  • 5 ml (1 t) nutmeg
  • 5 ml (1 t) white pepper
  • 375 ml (1 ½ C) chocolate chopped
  • 250 ml (1 C) warm milk
  • 125 ml (½ C) butter
  • 3 eggs
  • For the cross
  • 60 ml (¼ C) flour
  • 30 ml (2 T) water
  • 5 ml (1 T) sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Mix yeast, warm milk and sugar in a jug and set aside.
  • Combine the remaining dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Add the chocolate.
  • Beat the eggs into the yeasty milk and add to the dry ingredients in the bowl.
  • Knead while slowly adding butter until smooth.
  • Shape into small bun sized balls and place in a greased pan. Allow sufficient space between each ball for proofing.
  • Allow to proof until doubled in size.
  • For the cross, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and transfer into a piping bag.
  • Pipe the cross over the buns and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Pumpkin Butter


  • 500 g Eskort Minced Bacon
  • 500 g pumpkin
  • 45 ml (3 T) olive oil
  • 60 ml (¼ C) butter
  • 5 ml (1 t) vanilla essence
  • 45 ml (3 T) brown sugar


  • Pan-fry the bacon until crispy.
  • Toss pumpkin in olive oil, sugar and vanilla. Place on a greased baking tray and roast in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Place the pumpkin, bacon and butter in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Refrigerate before serving.

Bacon Caramel


  • 250 ml (1 C) castor sugar
  • 45 ml (3 T) butter
  • 60 ml (¼ C) cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 500 g Eskort Minced Bacon


  • Heat sugar in a pan over moderate heat. Swirl the pan gently as the sugar starts to melt.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir gently.


Slice open hot cross buns, fill with ice cream and top with pumpkin butter or bacon caramel.


Use store-bought hot cross buns to save time. 


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