Ingredients for dough:

300ml milk
50g butter
1 Vanilla Mart Madagascan pod
1 tsp salt
500g strong bread flour
75g caster sugar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
7g easy blend yeast
1 egg, beaten
75g sultanas
30g mixed peel
zest of 1 orange
1 apple, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp mixed spice

Ingredients for topping:

70g plain flour
2 tbsp golden syrup



  • Bring the milk to boil, remove from the heat and add butter.
  • Pour flour, salt, caster sugar, seeds from vanilla pods, yeast into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk and butter mixture, then the egg.
  • Mix well, until you have a sticky dough.
  • Knead on a lightly floured surface and place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl.
  • Cover with oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • Tip in the sultanas, peel, zest, apple and cinnamon and knead into the dough.
  • Cover with oiled cling film and leave to rise for 1 hour.
  • Divide the dough into even balls, roll each into a smooth ball and arrange on baking trays lined with parchment.
  • Cover with a tea towel, then prove again for 1 hour more.
  • Heat oven to 200°C fan.
  • Mix the plain flour with 4-5 tablespoon of water to make the paste for the cross.
  • Pipe crosses along each row of buns and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Melt the golden syrup in a pan and brush the buns while still warm before setting aside to cool.