How to make Hot Cross Bun Waffles – Easter starts here!

Hot Cross Bun Waffles - Easter starts here

Easter is just around the corner and that means Hot Cross Buns! I love the flavours of Hot Cross Buns but also like to mix things up a bit, so when SAGE offered me the chance to try out their Sage by Heston Blumenthal No-Mess Waffle maker, I set myself a challenge to make Hot Cross Bun Waffles

Enjoy an Easter Breakfast of Hot Cross Bun Waffles

Hot Cross Bun Waffles

As you can see above, Hot Cross Bun Waffles come with their own built-in cross, which I enhanced slightly with er…a bit of chocolate syrup, you know the kind you put on ice cream.  What better to fill those gaps between the waffle quarters than some sweet chocolate syrup? You could use any sweet sauce you like or simply drizzle with melted butter.  If you really want a white cross then I would suggest melted white chocolate would do the trick, or check out my Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake recipe where I show you how to create a cross using a dusting of cocoa powder or icing sugar. 

Hot Cross Bun Waffles ingredients

Making waffles is really simple, the ingredients are similar to those you would use for muffins and the method is pretty similar too i.e. add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.  The difference is that there is more liquid making more of a pancake-type batter consistency.   I added the spices and citrus flavours of Hot Cross Buns to a classic waffle batter and created  Hot Cross Bun Waffles

There really is No Mess with the Sage No Mess Waffle

The Sage by Heston Blumenthal No Mess Waffle has the following great features:

  • Power/Darkness Control – so you can customise your waffle colour from dark to light
  • Die-cast aluminium cooking plate
  • PFOA-free non-stick
  • An integrated moat – as you can see from the photo above, judging exactly the right amount of batter is not always easy, but it overflows into the moat and comes off cleanly. No mess, no waste.
  • Stainless Steel housing which looks smart and is easy to clean
  • Locking latch for storage
  • Power light to show that the unit is on
  • Ready light to let you know when the unit has reached cooking temperature

The Sage by Heston Blumenthal No Mess Waffle RRP £99.95  and you’ll find full tech specification, downloadable instruction book and helpful videos by visiting the Sage website.

Sage by Heston Blumenthal No Mess Waffle

Hot Cross Bun Waffles
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Hot crisp waffles straight off the waffle iron, with all the flavours of Hot Cross Buns - ideal for Easter breakfast.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 295 g self raising flour
  2. 55 g caster (superfine) sugar
  3. zest of half a lemon
  4. zest of half an orange
  5. 1 tsp mixed spice
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 50 g raisins roughly chopped
  8. 125 g butter, melted and cooled slightly
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 3 eggs
  11. 430 ml milk
  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl, add the chopped raisins.
  2. Whisk the milk, eggs and vanilla together in another bowl.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture and the melted butter and lightly whisk the ingredients until combined. Do not over mix, it should still be slightly lumpy.
  4. Let the batter rest while pre-heating the waffle maker.
  5. Turn the POWER/DARKNESS control dial to your desired setting, I used setting 5. Wait until the READY light illuminates.,
  6. Pour approximately 125 ml (I found a 1/2 cup measure was about right) of batter evenly onto the centre of the waffle plate and close the lid.
  7. At the end of the cooking cycle, open the lid and carefully remove your waffle.
  8. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  9. Make a cross in the waffle indentations using melted chocolate or chocolate syrup and add the toppings of your choice.
  1. Use only non-stick friendly spatulas to help remove your waffle.
  2. Make sure you dip right down to get some raisins in each waffle.
  3. For consistent results, put the next batch of batter in immediately after removing the cooked waffle.
Adapted from Sage by Heston Blumenthal - Classic Waffle Recipe
Adapted from Sage by Heston Blumenthal - Classic Waffle Recipe
Farmersgirl Kitchen

How to make Hot Cross Bun Waffles all the flavours of Hot Cross Bun in a waffle


Link up your recipe of the week

I’m adding the Hot Cross Bun Waffles for Recipe of the Week Linky over at A Mummy Too, check out Emily’s great recipes and those added to the Linky too.

Looking for more waffle inspiration?  Here are some great recipes from top UK food bloggers:

Parmesan & Paprika Potato Waffles by Kavey Eats  

Orange & Thyme Waffles with Blueberry Compote by Recipes from a Pantry

Haggis Waffles by Foodie Quine

Marmite Waffles by Kavey Eats

Apple, Cinnamon and Maple Syrup Waffles by Foodie Quine

Sprialized Sweet Potato Latkes in the Waffle maker by Family Friends Food

Potato Rosti Waffles by Fab Food 4 All

Alternatives to Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Balls (vegan and gluten free) by Veggie Desserts

Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake by Farmersgirl Kitchen 

Alternative Hot Cross Buns

 Kavey’s Hot Multi-cultural Buns by Kavey Eats

Coconut and Mango Hot Cross Buns by Recipes from a Pantry

Hot Magen David Buns by Family Friends Food

Hot Cross Bun Puddings

Hot Cross Bun Pudding (a la mode) by United Cakedom 

 Slow Cooker Hot Cross Bun and Butter Pudding by Munchies & Munchkins

  Hot Cross Bun flavoured waffles, ideal for Easter breakfasts

 Disclaimer: I received the Sage by Heston Blumenthal No Mess Waffle maker to review and create a recipe.  I was not paid and all opinions are my own. 




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munchies and munchkins

Oh these look lush! I love the flavour of hot cross buns, will have to give these a whirl x

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

Oh my gosh – what a treat. I would love to try these. So, so creative.

Kavey at Kavey Eats

Love this idea, so clever and the waffles look so good. I love my Safe waffle maker too!


I need a waffle maker of my own for many reasons, but these waffles are definitely one of them!! They look delicious!!

Camilla Hawkins

Love how thick these waffles are and the flavour is genius – yum yum:-) Thanks for linking to my potatoe rosti waffles:-)

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

These sound wonderful! I love hot cross buns and waffles. Winning!

Hannah Hossack-Lodge

I love both hot cross buns and waffles so these sound heavenly!

Jan Bennett

Oh my goodness hot cross bun waffles what a great idea; I really need a waffle maker in my life!


How did I miss these waffles? They look so good and I love the flavours. The waffle maker sounds brilliant.