Since not all bakers have time to make hot cross buns from scratch, RHM Foodservice (Reading) offers the McDougalls Doughnut & Bun Mix.

The mix requires the addition of water, currants, mixed peel and mixed spice. It can then be shaped into rounds and a cross piped on top, before baking and glazing.

Coral Rose, marketing manager, says: “McDougalls Doughnut & Bun Mix is a yeast-based mix that is convenient and easy to use, giving authentic and consistent results every time, while also retaining that much desired freshly baked taste that customers expect.”

When Easter is over, McDougalls Doughnut & Bun Mix can be used to create a range of doughnuts from ring to jam-filled or glazed, adds Ms Rose.

The mix is available in 4 x 3.5kg bags per case with a 92 x 57g pack yield, says the manufacturer.