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Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns

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If like me, and too lazy to knead by hand and have a bread machine with a dough cycle, this Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns is for you!

Ingredients For buns

  • 2 eggs
  • Water
  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 2 T sugar
  • 4 C bread flour, spooned into a measuring cup
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 1/2 t bread machine yeast
  • 1 C currants or raisins
  • For dough crosses:
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 1/3 C water
TRH Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns1
Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns

For glaze:

  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 T water


  1. Break 2 eggs in a 2-cup measuring cup. Add enough water to measure 1 1/3 C.
  2. Measure carefully, placing egg mixture and remaining bun ingredients except currant/raisins in bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
  3. Add raisins 10 minutes before the kneading cycle ends or at Raisin/Nut signal. * My machine does not have a signal but it kneads for about 20 minutes, so I add it ten minutes after starting the machine.
  4. Select Dough/Manual cycle
  5. When the cycle is finished, remove the dough from the pan and punch it down.
  6. Grease a 9×13 pan. Divide dough into 3 pieces.
  7. Divide each piece into 5 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball.
  8. Place buns in the pan, cover lightly, and let rise in a warm place for about 40 minutes.
  9. Heat oven to 375F.
  10. Mix the flour and water for the dough crosses and place them into a pastry bag.
  11. The dough should be soft but not runny.
  12. Make cross shapes by piping dough onto each row of buns from end to end.
  13. Bake for 22-25 minutes until the tops are golden brown.
  14. Remove and cool slightly in the pan.
  15. Mix sugar and water for glaze and brush tops of buns.

Prepared, tried, and tested by: Christl Honiball

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