Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns are a delicious treat to have for Good Friday. With a bread machine they are also easy to make!

This is a traditional recipe that uses a flour paste to mark the cross at the top of the buns, and finishes the buns with a sweet sugar glaze. The dough features raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

If you want to customize the recipe you can alter the spices as you like and add alternative dried fruits to the dough.



  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 3 1/3 cups of bread flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice


  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 1 egg, beaten


  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup of water


  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water


1. Add all of the bread ingredients to your bread machine according to its instructions. For mine, I start with liquid, and add dry ingredients on top. You should also add the sultanas according to how your machine works. In my case I get a prompt that tells me when to add them.

2. When the cycle has completed, remove the dough and form 12 buns. Spritz with water and leave under a towel in a warm place for 30 mins or so, until they have roughly doubled in size.

3. Preheat the oven to 175 C, or 350 F.

4. Make the egg glaze by mixing the beaten egg with cream. Then gently brush the glaze on the buns.

5. Make the flour paste by mixing the flour with water. Make sure it is a good consistency for piping. If it is too runny add more flour, or if it is too stiff add more water.

6. Pour the flour paste into a ziplock bag and cut the corner to use for piping.

7. Pipe the flour paste over the buns by making one horizontal line, then a vertical line to form a cross.

8. Grease or line a lamington tin and then place the rolls in four wide, and three deep.

9. Cook for around 20 mins or until browned on top. Cool on a baking rack.

9. Make the sugar glaze by boiling the sugar and water until it thickens to the consistency of syrup.

10. Brush the sugar glaze over the top of the buns. Serve alone or with butter, and enjoy!


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