Hot Cross Buns using a Bread Maker

Hot Cross Buns using a Bread Maker

I have not been swayed to buy a single hot cross bun from the supermarkets since they have been out practically since Boxing Day!  It was hard, I was tempted many times but wanted to wait to make my own and test them in the bread maker.  The bread maker took care of all the hard work (kneading) and the correct rising of the dough.

All I needed to do was, shape into 12 buns, add the cross, cook and glaze.  It was a lovely thing to do on a lazy Sunday morning and the satisfaction of eating Hot Cross Buns straight out of the oven made the wait worth while.

I buttered and individually froze 8 of the 12 buns (as they are only good for about 2 days after making – no preservatives. I have been placing one in Mr5’s lunchbox occassionally throughout the week and he has enjoyed them.


Into the bread maker on the dough setting

4 Cups Plain Flour
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 1/2 Cups Luke warm water
2 Tbs Dried Yeast
1/4 Cup Raw Sugar
1 Tsp Mixed Spice
1 Tsp Cinnamon
50gm Butter, cubed and softened
1 Egg
1 Cup Sultanas


1/2 Cup Plain Flour
1/3 Cup Water


1 Tbs Raw Sugar
1 Tbs Hot Water
1 Tsp Gelatine


1. Place all the ingredients listed under into the bread maker section into the bread maker.  Set to the dough setting (usually 1.5hours) and press start.  Let it do it’s thing.

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2. When it beeps that it is finished, take the dough out and cut into 12 even size pieces.  Work gently into a ball shape and place into a lined deep baking dish.  Place a clean tea towel over the top and leave to sit for 30-45 minutes.  You want your buns to double in size.  I find heating the oven up and then turning it off and placing the covered baking dish in with the door open helps speed up the process.

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3. In a bowl mix together the ingredients for the cross.  Spoon into a zip lock bag and then cut the tip off.  Pipe your cross.

Hot Cross Buns using a Bread Maker

4. Place into a preheated 200 degree celicus oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and they bounce back when touched.

Hot Cross Buns using a Bread Maker

5. Mix together the glaze ingredients and brush over the hot cooked buns.

Hot Cross Buns using a Bread Maker

Makes 12

Best eaten on the day you make them.

Freezer friendly: place into zip lock bags and freeze for up to 3 months.  Allow to defrost on the bench or in the microwave.

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13 Responses to Hot Cross Buns using a Bread Maker

  1. Annemarie March 9, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    Is the dried yeast meant to be 2 tsp not tbs? The dough has overflowed in my bread maker. Thanks

    • Amanda March 9, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

      Hi Annemarie, it is tablespoons appox 15gm. I think my bread maker by larger then some others as I did use 2 tablespoons and didn’t have a problem.

  2. Steph March 10, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    I assumed you meant 2tsp of yeast and they worked out fine….2tbsp seemed like way too much. Might need to adjust your recipe so as not to confuse other readers.

    • Amanda March 10, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

      It is 2 tablespoons which is equivalent to 15 grams of dried yeast. The recipe is correct and how I made them.

      • David March 2, 2018 at 8:28 pm #

        1 table spoon = 3 teaspoons.
        Just put 1 sachets of yeast when I use my bread maker to make bread.
        I’m going to make some hot cross buns this afternoon.

  3. Kirsty March 14, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

    I attempted HCB by hand last year after my son’s school made up kits as a fund raiser… Total disaster! Giving your recipe a go tonight – eldest son eats them like crazy, so if I can make a batch that would be great! Crossing my fingers while I drink my wine and let the bread maker do its thing!

    • Amanda March 14, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

      Enjoy your wine!! Hope your son likes them.

  4. Rebekah March 16, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    what a great post thank you! I have actually never used my bread maker for making dough despite owning it for 10years! Recipe was simple to follow and no issues (I used one of the yeast sachets as that’s what I always use for bagels, bread) I am now doing my bagels in the machine -well starting them!
    My kids will be excited this afternoon to have fresh hot cross buns! They smell beautiful gentle spice
    I may have to try it with choc chips next run

    • Amanda March 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

      Fantastic Rebekah, yes I have had a request for choc chip. I recommend adding them in when you are shapeing into buns otherwise the choc chips will melt in the bread maker.

  5. Kate March 18, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

    awesone recipe! Thank you. I too have been using 2 tsp yeast only & have made about 6 sucessful batches. We love them for breaky!!! X

    • Amanda March 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

      Hi Kate, glad to hear.

  6. Rachael March 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    These were delicious thankyou! Would you have any other bread maker recipes?

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