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Hot Cross Bun Loaf

Makes 1 loaf

Hands-on time: 15 minutes

Hands-off time: 3 hours


For the loaf:

6½ tbsp NESTLÉ KLIM Full Cream Instant Milk Powder

2¼ cups (254g) self-raising flour

1½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp mixed spice

2 tsp sugar

¼ cup (56g) margarine, cubed, plus extra to serve

1 large egg

⅓ cup raisins

1 large orange, zested and juiced

For the glaze:

1 tsp NESTLÉ KLIM Full Cream Instant Milk Powder

For the piping:

½ cup (56,5g) self-raising flour

Serving suggestion:


Nescafé coffee

*Microwave cooking times may vary due to wattage; use the timings below as a guide.


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease large loaf tin with non-stick cooking spray.

For the loaf:

2. Add the NESTLÉ KLIM Full Cream Instant Milk Powder to a large bowl. Sieve in the self-raising flour, cinnamon, mixed spice and sugar.

3. Using your fingertips, rub the margarine into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs.

4. Add ½ cup of warm water, the egg, raisins, orange zest and juice to the mixture and lightly stir with a wooden spoon until combined. *Chef’s Tip: Replace the raisins with chocolate chips, if preferred!

5. Spoon the dough into the loaf tin and smooth out the top.

For the glaze:

6. Combine the NESTLÉ KLIM Full Cream Instant Milk Powder with 1½ teaspoons of warm water and stir until smooth.

7. Gently brush the mixture over the loaf.

For the piping:

8. Combine the flour with ⅓ cup of water and stir until smooth.

9. Pour the paste into a resealable bag and cut off a small tip from one of the corners of the bag. Pipe 1 stripe down the middle of the length of the loaf. Pipe shorter stripes across the large stripe, leaving a 3cm gap between each.

10. Bake the loaf for 40 minutes until golden and cooked through. *Chef’s Tip: A skewer that comes out clean once inserted means it’s ready!

11. Allow the loaf to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool for 2 hours.

12. Cut the loaf into 20 slices. Serve warm with some margarine, marmalade and a cup of Nescafé coffee and ENJOY!

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