Try these raisin alternatives for hot cross buns this Easter

March 29, 2024 (Last Updated: April 16, 2024)
Hot cross buns - raisin alternatives

As Easter approaches, the aroma of freshly baked hot cross buns fills kitchens and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious bun and your favourite hot drink on the side.

While traditional recipes often feature raisins, this year, let’s explore some easy, yet equally delicious alternatives that will infuse your buns with unique flavours and textures.

From fruity bursts to decadent sweet chocolate chips, there are many ways to elevate your hot cross buns this Easter!

Try these alternatives if you’re not a fan of the traditional raisins in your hot cross buns:

  1. Dried Cranberries: For a burst of tartness and sweetness, consider adding dried cranberries to your hot cross buns. Their vibrant flavour will bring a delightful twist to this Easter classic.
  2. Diced Apricots: Incorporate the sunny sweetness of diced dried apricots into your hot cross bun dough. Their soft texture and tangy undertones will add depth and complexity to each bite.
  3. Chopped Dates: The luscious sweetness of chopped dates will infuse your hot cross buns with a rich caramel flavour. Not only do dates provide natural sweetness, but they also contribute moisture and a delightful chewiness to the dough.
  4. Currants or Sultanas: Opt for the classic charm of currants or sultanas, which offer a smaller dried fruit option similar in size to raisins. Their subtle tartness adds a refreshing note to the buns.
  5. Chopped Nuts: Add a satisfying crunch and nutty aroma to your hot cross buns with chopped nuts such as pecans, walnuts, or almonds. Toasted to perfection, these nuts will elevate the texture and taste of your buns.
  6. Chocolate Chips: For an indulgent treat, swap out raisins for chocolate chips of your choice—dark, milk, or white. The creamy sweetness of chocolate will melt into each bite.
  7. Dried Figs: Lastly, step up your hot cross bun game with the sweet and earthy flavour of dried figs. Chop them finely and fold them into the dough for a burst of richness.

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