Low-Fat Hot Cross Buns

Low-Fat Hot Cross Buns

Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Sides
Cuisine Baking, Heart Healthy, Low Carbohydrate
Servings 12 People


  • 1 Tbsp Compressed Yeast
  • 150 mL Skim Milk at Room Temperature
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 cups Sifted Plain Flour
  • 30 g Reduced-fat Margarine
  • 1 pc Egg (50g) Lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Mixed Dried Fruit
  • 1/2 cup Plain Flour Extra
  • 2 tsp Sugar Extra
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar Extra for glaze
  • 1 tsp Gelatine
  • 1 Tbsp Hot Water


  • Combine the yeast with the milk and one teaspoon of the sugar and one teaspoon of the flour. Set in a warm place and leave for 15 minutes until the mixture turns frothy.
  • Sift the flour, sugar, spices and salt into a large bowl. Rub the margarine into the mixture with your hands. Add the egg, dried fruit and yeast mixture and beat well with a wooden spoon.
  • Cover the mixture with a cloth and stand in a warm place for about 40 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size. When the dough is ready, knead it gently for five minutes so that it has a smooth consistency.
  • Place non-stick baking paper on an oven tray. Cut the dough into 12 pieces and mould each piece into a round, bun shape and place on the tray. Leave to stand in a warm place for a further 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the mixture for the crosses using the extra plain flour, sugar and water. Stir together with enough water to make a smooth paste. Using a piping bag fitted with a small, plain tube, draw crosses on the buns. Bake buns in a hot oven for 20 minutes.
  • While the buns are baking, make the glaze: Combine the extra sugar, gelatine and water in a saucepan and stir over heat until the gelatine has dissolved.
  • Brush the buns with the glaze while they are still hot from the oven.


Calories :175
Kilojoules :730
Fat :1.8
Carbohydrate :34.4
Protein :4.9
Cholesterol :16
Sodium :216
Saturated Fat :0.4
Fiber :2
Calcium :26
Sugar :10.9
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