Find out how to make perfect homemade Easter hot cross buns in your bread maker with our video guide.



Love hot cross buns? Keen to try your hand at making your own? Why not get more out of your bread maker and let it do the hard work for you.  Our step-by-step guide explains how to use your bread maker to make hot cross buns, so you can enjoy delicious, homemade spiced buns over the Easter period and beyond. Watch our video below, and then read on for the full recipe, plus tips on variations to try if you’re feeling adventurous. If you don’t have a bread maker, you can still make the buns – you’ll simply need to mix and knead the dough by hand and leave it to prove, before cutting and shaping the buns.


1. Remove the pan from your bread maker

. Add the yeast to the pan, followed by the other dried ingredients. Add the salt last, and make sure it doesn’t touch the yeast. Then add the butter, milk and beaten egg.

2. Place the pan in the machine.

If your bread maker has a fruit dispenser, add the sultanas and mixed peel now. Otherwise, select the basic raisin dough (or equivalent) mode, and press start. Your bread maker will beep when it’s time to add the dried fruit.

3. When the dough cycle has finished (this will take about two-and-a-half hours, depending on your model) remove the pan using oven gloves. Tip out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide it into 12 rolls of equal size using a sharp knife and shape into round buns.

4. Grease and line your baking trays, and place the rolls on the paper.

Score a cross in each roll with a small, sharp knife. Cover the buns with lightly oiled clingfilm and leave them to rise in a warm part of your house for about 40 minutes or until they double in size.

5. Preheat the oven to 220C or 200C for a fan ovens. Meanwhile, make the crosses by mixing the flour and sugar together. Add two tablespoons of water initially, then a third if needed, to make a thick but pipeable paste. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe crosses onto the buns.  6. Bake at 200C for 10-15 minutes, until the buns are golden brown and hollow-sounding when tapped.  7. While the buns are cooking, mix the sugar and milk for the glaze. Brush the glaze over the buns as soon as they come out of the oven using a pastry brush.  8. Enjoy! Bread maker hot cross buns – tips and tricks