Apr 12

Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

"Hot-cross buns! Hot-cross buns! One a penny, two a penny... Hot-cross buns! If you have no daughters, give them to your sons. One a penny, two a penny... Hot-cross buns!"

If you've never tried making your own hot cross buns, you're in for a real treat! An Easter tradition, these delightful lightly spiced, raisin-filled buns, are typically marked with a sweet icing cross on top and served on Good Friday. If you're not a fan of raisins, try using currants instead of raisins, or dried cranberries can be substituted, as well.

Of course you could always pick up some store bought hot cross buns at the Bakery at Walmart, but why not try picking up the ingredients and making them yourself instead? I promise, with this hot cross buns recipe, it's easier than you think...

My favorite aspect of this particular hot cross buns recipe is that the dough is prepared in my bread machine. A stand mixer can also be used, but I prefer the ease of just tossing all of the ingredients in the bread machine, programming the dough setting, and forgetting about it for a bit.

Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns

I pull the hot cross buns dough out of the bread machine before the second rise so that I can shape it into 12 balls and allow them to rise a second time in the pan. Okay, so maybe I didn't do a very good job of making sure all of the balls off dough were the same size, but the taste is what counts -- right?

Immediately before baking, you'll want to brush the tops with a mixture of egg yolk and water to give them that gorgeous deep, golden color.

After the hot cross buns finish baking, be sure to remove them from the pan right away to cool on a wire rack. This prevents them from getting soggy and mushy.

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Cool the buns completely before piping an icing cross on the top of each so that the icing holds its shape. And that's it! Pretty simple, huh?

Hot Cross Bun Recipe

I love that this hot cross buns recipe is not too sweet, but my kids find them not quite sweet enough. This is easily solved by simply doubling the icing mixture to add an extra drizzle when serving!

Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12 buns

Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns


    For the buns:
  • 3/4 cup warm milk (approx. 110 degrees)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1 whole egg + 1 egg white
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup raisins
  • zest of 1 orange
  • For the egg wash:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • For the icing:
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Add all of the ingredients listed under "for the buns" to your bread maker and start the dough program.
  2. If your bread machine has a notification to add additional ingredients, add the raisins and orange zest when it beeps. Otherwise, add them when there are about five minutes of kneading left.
  3. Remove the dough after the second kneading. Divide it into 12 balls and place in a greased 9"x12" pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, approximately 30 minutes.
  4. Mix the egg yolk and water to make an egg wash and brush on the top of each roll.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove the rolls from the pan to a wire rack to cool.
  6. Mix the confectioner's sugar, milk and vanilla to make the icing. Pour the icing into a Ziploc bag and snip off the corner. Use the bag to pipe a cross on each completely cooled bun.


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by Tara | 1 comment

  • http://www.chicshopperchick.com Erika

    Yum! These look delicious! Now I need a bread machine! lol. Will you break it to my husband that we need yet another kitchen gadget? kthxbai.

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