Hot Cross Buns (Bread Machine)


Thank you all for the good wishes here and in email.  I am feeling fine right now but I am really trying not to eat anything that’s going to get it riled up again.  It’s just too painful.  I have an appointment with the surgeon on May 11 so we’ll see what happens ~ they told me a couple of years ago they weren’t going to take it out so we’ll see if they change their minds.  If I show up at the ER enough maybe they will.

I love hot cross buns but without any raisins or fruit ~ if you want to add the raisins, just put a cup in at your raisin beep.  This recipe is super easy since it uses the bread machine.  I am NOT a good decorator with frosting so I got frustrated with my crosses and just went all squiggly but I did cut a cross in the dough before baking. I found the recipe on the Betty Crocker website and adapted it.


Hot Cross Buns (Bread Machine)


2 eggs plus enough water to equal 1 1/3 cups
1/2 cup softened butter
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsps salt
2 tbsps sugar
4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsps yeast

1 egg
2 tbsps cold water


1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Crack eggs into a measuring cup and add enough water to equal 1 1/3 cups. Place this mixture and all bun ingredients except 1 egg and 2 tbsps cold water in the pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer of your machine. If you are adding raisins, add at the raisin beep (about 5 to 10 minutes before last kneading cycle ends).

Select dough cycle and run machine. Remove doung from machine ~ it may be slightly sticky so flour your hands. Let rest on a floured surface.

Grease 2 9-inch round cake pans. Divide dough in half and each half in eight pieces. Make smooth round balls and place in cake pans about 1 inch apart. Using scissors, snip a cross in the top of each bun.

Let rise in a warm place for at least 40 minutes or until doubled.

Heat oven to 375º. Mix 1 egg and cold water and brush over buns. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden. Remove pans to cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl, adding more milk, 1 tsp at a time, until smooth and spreadable. Make a cross on top of each bun with the frosting.

Makes 16 buns.


Happy Cooking!


4 thoughts on “Hot Cross Buns (Bread Machine)

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  2. Nancy, I do hope that you feel better soon. I’m with you – I also prefer mine without the dried fruit/raisins – I’m the sort of person who picks that stuff out of my muesli before eating it, too 😉 these look like the perfect Easter treat !

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