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Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns Recipe

This bread machine hot cross buns recipe is flavored with orange, although you can use water instead of orange juice if you are a traditionalist. These Easter buns are relatively fast and easy to make.

Trivia: According to Wikipedia, in many historically Christian countries, a hot cross bun is traditionally eaten hot or toasted on Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of The Crucifixion.

Tip #1: To convert these measurements to metric, please refer to this online Cooking Converter

Tip #2: Replace the orange juice with water if you do not prefer the orange flavor.

Tip #3: To plump raisins, cover with boiling water and let sit until the water has cooled. You can also plump them in the microwave oven. This recipe suggests covering the raisins with orange juice and heating them in the microwave.

Tip #4: If you are in the market for a new bread machine, I love the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker

Bread Machine Recipe for Hot Cross Buns

This recipe makes about ten hot cross buns.


1/2 cup of golden raisins, plumped
3/4 cup of orange juice
2 cups of bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of grated orange zest (peel)
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of unsalted butter (this is 1/2 a stick)
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast


1 cup confectioners sugar (icing sugar)
1 tablespoon of orange juice
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract


First, plump the raisins. To do this, put them in a microwave safe dish and cover with the 3/4 cup of orange juice that the recipe calls for. Put them in the microwave oven and using high power, nuke them for a minute or perhaps a little longer.

Remove the raisins from the oven and let cool for ten minutes. At that point, drain the orange juice off, but save 1/2 cup to use in the dough.

Refer to the bread machines instruction manual. Add all ingredients (except the glaze ingredients) to the machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Process this using the dough setting.

Grease a baking sheet. If you plan on rising your dough in the microwave, use a sheet that is microwavable.

Once the bread maker has completed the dough cycle, place the hot cross buns dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead for a few seconds.

Using your hands, shape the dough into ten balls, which you place on the greased baking sheet. Cover with waxed paper or a cloth towel.

Set the baking sheet in a warm place and allow the buns to rise until they are twice the size. This takes about an hour. Alternatively, you can rise the dough in the microwave. I have never used this method, so I cannot advise you on how to do it.

When the dough is almost ready, preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the waxed paper from the top. Using a sharp knife, make the shape of a cross on the top of each bun. Take care not to deflate the risen dough.

Bake in the oven for about twenty minutes. The hot cross buns should be a golden brown when done.

Remove from oven and cool on a rack for a few minutes.

To make the glaze, mix all ingredients together until well blended. Drizzle the glaze over top of the warm hot cross buns.

It doesn't have to be Easter to enjoy these delicious sweet buns.

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