Hot Cross Buns for Easter

You'll need a bread maker for this recipe


  • 3/4 cup warm but not hot water
  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 1 TBSP powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/8 tsp salt
  • 1 egg + 1 separated egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 TBSP active dry yeast
  • 1 cup dried currants, dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp milk


Preheat oven to 375F/190C.

Put warm water, butter, milk powder,sugar, salt, 1 egg, 1 egg white, flour, and yeast in bread maker and start on dough program.

When about 5 minutes of kneading are left, add currants/raisins and cinnamon.

Leave in machine till double.

Punch down on floured surface, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes.

Shape into 12 balls and place in a greased 9 x 12 inch pan.
Cover and let rise in a warm place till double, about 35-40 minutes.

Mix 1 egg yolk and water well.
Brush on balls.

Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, until starting to turn golden on top.
Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.
Ice once completely cooled if you are to eat them later. Ice once warm but not hot if you want them right away. Yum!

To make crosses: mix together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Drizzle, squeeze or paint an X on each bun.

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