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St. Dalfour Apricot Hot Cross Buns

Dive into the delightful world of hot cross buns infused with the sweet tang of St. Dalfour Apricot Fruit Spread. This classic recipe gets a modern twist with the addition of this luscious spread, imparting a burst of fruity flavor in every bite.

Recipe courtesy of @cravingnz 


 ¾ cup milk, warmed
 ¼ cup caster sugar
 1 ½ TSP yeast
 2 ¼ cups high grade flour
 1 tsp ground cinnamon
 1 tsp ground nutmeg
 1 tsp ground mixed spice
 ½ tsp salt
 1 egg, beaten
 30g unsalted Butter, softened
 Zest of 1 orange
 2 tsp St Dalfour Apricot Fruit Spread
 2 tsp water

 450g cream cheese

 ½ cup St Dalfour Apricot Fruit Spread

 2 tbsp finely chopped Pistachios


  1. Whisk together milk, 1 tsp caster sugar, and yeast until well combined in the bowl of a stand mixer. Rest for 5 minutes or until foamy.
  2. Add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, mixed spice, salt, remaining sugar, egg, butter, and orange zest. Mix on low speed with a dough hook attachment until a dough begins to form.
  3. Increase to a high speed and knead for 5 minutes or until smooth. Transfer to a greased bowl, cover, and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  4. Punch down the dough and divide into 12. Roll into balls and place evenly spaced apart on a greased baking tray. Cover and set aside for a further 40-60 minutes or until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  6. Mix together apricot spread and water, then brush over the buns. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  7. Cut a cross three-quarters of the way through each bun.
  8. To prepare the filling, mix the cream cheese until smooth and transfer to a piping bag. Pipe the cream cheese into each bun to make a cross.
  9. To make the glaze: Melt apricot spread. Dip the top and sides of each bun into the apricot spread to glaze, then place on a lined baking tray.
  10. Sprinkle pistachios over the cream cheese crosses and place in the oven to bake at 200°C for 10 minutes or until the spread begins to bubble.
  11. Set aside for 5 minutes, then serve and enjoy.