Vegemite & Cheese Hot Cross Buns

It’s a while since I’ve joined Trish from My Little Drummer Boys for a Wordless Wednesday post. As it happens I have one almost ready to go. Inspired by another blogger, it’s about my personal first aid kit. However… it seems my blogging malaise continues, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to share a Vegemite Hot Cross Bun recipe I received last week. 

It’s not an option for me for many many reasons—starting with the flour and vegemite neither of which are gluten-free*. Plus… the notion of cheese and vegemite makes me gag, but I know there are many out there (my own mother included) who love the combo!

vegemite scones

So… without further ado…


10g dried yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1⁄4 cup vegemite
1 tablespoon caster sugar
20g butter, melted
31⁄2 cups flour, sifted
3⁄4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 egg 1 tablespoon water
1 vegemite 145g Tube, for topping

Vegemite Hot Cross Buns-1


1. COMBINE the yeast and warm water in a large bowl and mix until yeast is dissolved. Add the eggs, vegemite, sugar and butter and whisk to combine. Stir in the flour and cheese and mix until combined then knead for 5-8 minutes on a floured surface until the dough is smooth and springy. Place the dough into a clean bowl and cover. Set aside in a warm place to rise for approx. 1 hour or until doubled in size.

2. KNOCK back the dough then knead lightly. Divide into 12 even portions. Knead each lightly then stretch each ball out slightly and place 1⁄2 teaspoon vegemite onto each and roughly knead through. Roll each into a smooth bun and place on a greased baking tray with 1cm gap between them. Set aside in a warm place for 20 minutes or until doubled in size.

3. BEAT together egg and water then brush over the buns. Using the vegemite tube, squeeze crosses onto the buns.

4. BAKE in a hot oven 200°C for 15-20 minutes or until golden and bases are crisp and sound hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.

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Makes 12
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

How do you feel about Vegemite (& Cheese) Hot Cross Buns? Yay or Nay? 

NB. Not sponsored but recipe via One Green Bean for and from Vegemite.
* Gluten-free replacements for vegemite are available. (I use them for making gravy!)


  1. I have to admit I enjoy cheeseymite scrolls from bakers delight occasionally so I would probably like these. However I am terrible at cooking anything that resembles bread. My nephew is a ridiculously picky eater and he will eat cheese and vegemite. So I might be able to convince my sisterto make these and let me have some! 🙂

    • I was briefly a promite on cruskit lover back in my childhood. Now I really only use a GF replacement for making gravy! I do have vegemite in my cupboard though as visitors seem to enjoy it!

    • 🙂

      I’ve never eaten a hot cross bun as I don’t like dried fruit in things. I might have tried the choc chip ones but sadly had my coeliac diagnosis by the time anyone thought to make them!

  2. My girls would love these. Definitely going to show them the recipe. Thanks for linking up for Worth Casing Wednesday. I’ve been having a bit of time out but back to blogging business this week.

    • I’m struggling a little myself as well. I keep writing stuff but then can’t bring myself to polish and publish them. This was a ‘middle of the night and I can’t sleep’ post.

    • Oh that’s interesting that you like coffee better after vegemite… wonder what causes that?! You think it’d be the opposite wouldn’t you?!

  3. Love Cheese and vegemite and love fruitless hot cross buns so if someone else made these buns I would give them a try

    • Seems to be the consensus Sharon! Not many bakers out there obviously. I have to admit I didn’t even understand part of the ‘method’. I’m more a one-pot type chef! 🙂

  4. Oh my gosh! My mouth started watering as soon as I saw the first photo! Is there a more heavenly savoury combo than Vegemite and cheese??? Will definitely be trying out the recipe!!!

    • Yes, I’m wondering if Vegemite needs to partner with someone to make them though as most peeps seem keen to try them but not as keen to make them! 🙂

  5. We all love Vegemite here and I’m going to give these a go as I think cheese and Vegemite is a match made in heaven 🙂 There’s no Vegemite in a tube over here, but I can wing it with a little of the “black gold” in a piping bag.

    I also am a big lover of traditional hot cross buns and I make several batches every year, chock full of mixed peel, sultanas, currants and lots of spice. It’s probably just as well thay I can’t buy them here as I’d just stuff my face.

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