The Ultimate Guide to Perfectly Reheated Hot Cross Buns

Warming up hot cross buns can bring out their flavour and make them even more delicious. Here are a few different methods to try – what’s your favourite?

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There's nothing quite like the comforting aroma and taste of hot cross buns to make any morning feel special. Whether you're indulging in a batch fresh out of the oven or looking to rejuvenate those you've saved, knowing how to perfectly reheat hot cross buns can only enhance your breakfast experience.
From the quick convenience of microwaves to the crispy perfection achieved in air fryers, our guide explores various methods to warm these treats to perfection. Discover tips and tricks to ensure your hot cross buns are deliciously warm, with a soft interior and a slightly crisp exterior, making every bite a delightful blend of spices and sweetness.
  • Microwave
    This is the quickest way to warm hot cross buns. Just place a bun on a microwave-safe plate, cover it with a damp paper towel to prevent it from drying out, and microwave for about 10 – 29 seconds or until warm. Be careful not to overdo it, as they can become too soft or chewy so try warming in 10 second bursts.
  • Toaster
    Slicing the buns in half and toasting them can add a nice crunch to the outside while keeping the inside soft. This method works well if you like a bit of texture. Extra-large buns might need a little squish to fit so make sure to watch them closely to ensure they don't burn.
  • Oven
    Preheat your oven to about 180°C (350°F). Place the buns on a baking sheet and warm them for about 5-10 minutes. This method is great for warming multiple buns at once and can help them taste freshly baked.
  • Grill
    If you prefer a more toasted surface, you can briefly place the sliced buns under a grill. Be sure to keep a close eye on them, as they can quickly go from perfectly toasted to burnt.
  • Stovetop
    For a softer approach, you can gently warm the buns in a skillet or frying pan over low heat. Cover the pan to trap steam and flip the buns occasionally until they're warmed through. This method will help make day old buns moist again too!
  • Steamer
    If you own a steamer, you can steam hot cross buns for a few minutes until they're warm and soft. This method is less common but works well if you want to avoid drying out the buns or making them too crispy.
  • Air fryer
    Using an air fryer is another quick and convenient method, especially when you want to add a bit of texture to the buns without turning on your oven. Just like with other methods, keep an eye on them to get the perfect warmth and crispness you're after.
Choose the method that best suits your taste and the tools you have available. Each method has its own charm, whether you're after a soft and warm bun or something with a bit of crunch.
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