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Hot Cross Buffins

What’s a Hot Cross Buffin? It’s a cross between a Hot Cross Bun and a Muffin, and it’s delicious! We used Saunders’ Malt Extract to make a glaze that’s not too sweet and the perfect topping for these spiced muffins. We love them warmed in the microwave with a little bit of butter for a tasty afternoon treat! If you’re not a fan of dried fruit, you could replace the sultanas and raisins with chocolate chips for a Choc Malt Hot Cross Buffin – yum!!

Hot Cross Buffins

You’ll need

2 cups self raising flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ cup almond meal
¾ cup caster sugar
1 cup sultanas
½ cup raisins
1 cup natural greek yoghurt
¾ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup Saunders’ Malt Extract
2 eggs


2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp Saunders’ Malt
2 tbsp water

¼ cup icing sugar
1 tsp water

Pre-heat the oven to 160°C and line a muffin tin with paper liners. Set to one side.

In a large bowl sift together the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir through the almond meal, caster sugar, and dried fruit.

In a separate bowl or jug, combine the yoghurt, vegetable oil, Saunders’ Malt Extract and eggs. Whisk to combine.

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined – don’t over mix or you’ll end up with tough muffins! This mixture is not runny, so don’t worry if it seems thick.

Spoon the mixture evenly into the liners of your prepared tin. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, turning half way, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of your muffins comes out clean.

Glaze your muffins while they’re still hot. Add the brown sugar, Saunders’ Malt Extract and water to a small saucepan and heat over low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Use a silicone brush to glaze the tops of your muffins. Allow to cool completely.

For the cross, combine the icing sugar and water, and use a spoon to drizzle the icing in a cross shape on top of your muffin.

Makes 12 muffins or 18 cupcake sized muffins. Store in an airtight container for 3 days.

Saunders’ Malt Extract is available at most Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, find other Saunders’ Malt Extract recipes on Sweet Magazine: Malted Ginger Cake, Steamed Malt Chocolate Pudding, and Malt Drip Cake. Love baking cakes? This Lemon Poppyseed Syrup Cake from the Saunders’ Malt Extract recipe collection looks delicious! Find out more about Saunders’ Malt here.

Sweet Magazine - Saunders Malt Extract - Hot Cross Buffins

Sweet Magazine - Saunders Malt Extract - Hot Cross Buffins

Sweet Magazine - Saunders Malt Extract - Hot Cross Buffins

Sweet Magazine - Saunders Malt Extract - Hot Cross Buffins

Sweet Magazine - Saunders Malt Extract - Hot Cross Buffins

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