Head Chef Lisa’s traditional hot cross buns recipe.

30 mins + hours proving time


Makes 15



  • For the bun
    300ml fullfat milkplus 2 tsp more
    50g butter
    500g strong bread flour
    1 tsp salt
    75g caster sugar
    1 tbsp sunflower oil
    7g sachet fastaction yeast
    1 egg beaten
    50g mixed peel
    75g sultanas
    Zest of 1 orange
    1 applepeeled, cored, and grated.
    1 tsp cinnamon
  • For the cross
    75g plain flour 
  • For the glaze
     3 tsp of apricot jam 

Piping bag

Use up leftover chocolate in this easy no-bake Easter-themed rocky road!

prep 10, 2 hours to set


Makes 16




  • 400 g Milk/Dark Chocolate
  • 125 g Golden Syrup
  • 125 g Unsalted Butter
  • 100 g Mini Marshmallows
  • 150 g Digestives (chopped)
  • 600-800 g Easter Chocolates (smarties, mini eggs)
  • 250 g White Chocolate


  • 8” ( 20cm ) or 9” ( 22cm ) square tin
  • Parchment paper

Great Food at Leeds wishes all staff and students a safe and relaxing break. Here’s an overview of what is happening over the next month!

Enjoy healthy and fresh food on campus in The Refectory

The Refectory will be offering a choice of breakfast (served 9:00 -11:30) hot meals, sandwiches, Panini’s, salads and pasta pots. Find out how our takeaway service works on our takeaway page.

The Refectory
will be open:
Monday 29 March – Wednesday 31 March, 9:00 am -2.30 pm.
Half-day Thursday 1st April: 8 am – 12 pm.
Closed Friday 2nd April – Tuesday 6th April.

Out of term opening hours resume Wednesday 7th April (Monday – Friday: 08:00 am – 2.30pm).

Opening hours

The University of Leeds has numerous cafés on campus, each selling a wide range of light snacks, sandwiches and drinks. Some of our cafés have changed their opening hours for the holidays so make sure you check the latest out of term opening hours before you go.

Baking the most of Easter!

Keep your eyes peeled on our social media channels over the holiday, for links to recipes from Senior Chef, Lisa Hall, who will be sharing her best ideas for using chocolate leftovers and simple ingredients that can be found in your cupboard.

Join the Great Food at Leeds Club!

The Great Food at Leeds Club is the official University of Leeds food and drink loyalty club. Use the GFaL app at any of our cafes and The Refectory to be rewarded with exclusive offers!

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Wherever you are, in the UK or across the world, come together for a week-long festival of intercultural activities, performances and taster sessions that celebrate our diverse global community of students. From dance and cooking tutorials to global café socials and language exchanges, there’s something for everyone. You can meet people from around the world, learn about different cultures and experience LUU clubs and societies. Visit the LUU World Unite webpage to find out more. 

To compliment your tea or coffee, we work with many local suppliers to stock brands that have a positive social impact on society and the planet. We also understand that choosing to back Fairtrade and ethically sourced products is one way we can stand with those vulnerable communities on the front line of the climate crisis.


Brown & Blond Brownies

Wortley, Leeds
Served: Selected outlets across campus
Brown & Blond Brownies website

This small bakery, which started out on a smallholding in North Yorkshire in 2010, is now firmly embedded in the heart of Leeds (Wortley) and supplies cafes, restaurants and delicatessens throughout the region and beyond.
Using only the finest ingredients (sourced locally where possible) coupled with an uncompromising attitude to quality drives artisan bakers, George and Lucy, and their team forward to deliver over fifty mouth-watering flavour combinations – from Banoffee to Black Forest, Peanut Butter to Praline and Salted Caramel to Stem Ginger!

Artisan Bakes

Location: Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Served: Selected outlets across campus
Artisan Bakes website

Artisan Bakes are a small team of passionate skilled bakers located in nearby Wakefield, West Yorkshire and have been a regular supplier of cakes to campus for several years.

What makes Artisan bakes taste so good is that everything is crafted by hand, in small batches that are made to order. The ingredients used are sourced as locally as possible – including the fruit that goes into their home-made jams.

Artisan continues to innovate its range with increasing choices for Vegan and Gluten-Free bakes as well as offering healthier options.


One World Bakery

Location: Lincolnshire & Holmfirth
Served: All Cafes
One World Bakery website

We are proud to stock a vast range of “One World Bakery” snacks by Bewleys across all of our catering outlets on campus. All handmade in the UK, using fairtrade ingredients and certified sustainable palm oil. The range covers healthier on-the-go snacking including, the Vegan Coconut bites to super indulgent Rocky Road and Billionaire’s Shortbread.