With Easter coming up we had to do a Hot Cross bun recipe and these ones are so easy there’s no reason not to whip up a batch!!

So yes, yes, we did a traditional hot cross bun recipe last year. But when we got our hands on this Panasonic bread maker from ao.com and discovered we could make things other than bread with it (like seriously guys you can even make jam!!) we figured let’s make everyone’s life easier over Easter and post a recipe that means hot cross buns without any hassle!!

We like to pretend we’re cool and sophisticated bakers but got very over excited when we discovered the bread maker had a compartment to add in extra ingredients (in this case the dried fruit). So all you have to do is put all of the dough ingredients apart from the yeast in the main pan, the yeast in the little yeast dispenser and the dried fruit in the extra ingredients compartment, press a button and you’re golden!

The hot cross buns are a spiced and enriched dough studded with fruits, make sure to pipe on your crosses before you bake and then brush with syrup when they come out the oven so they’re deliciously shiny and sticky.

Obviously this recipe can be used with any bread maker just follow the instructions for the one you have! We used the menu 17 setting which was for a basic raison dough as it would add in the extra ingredients and then we took it out to shape into 10 individual buns and bake in the oven, although you could also make a hot cross loaf to slice up and toast!

Easy Hot Cross Buns
Yields 10
Bread maker hot cross buns
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  1. 500g bread flour
  2. 2 tsp fast action yeast
  3. 50g caster sugar
  4. 50g salted butter
  5. 200ml milk
  6. 2 eggs, plus egg wash
  7. 1.5 tsp salt
  8. 2 tsp cinnamon
  9. 1 tsp ginger
  10. 1 tsp mixed spice
  11. 200g mixed dried fruit
  1. 100g flour
  2. 1 tbsp sugar
  3. enough water to create a paste
Sugar syrup
  1. 100g sugar
  2. 50ml water
  1. Boil the sugar and water together until in a saucepan until the sugar has dissolved completely, leave to boil for a further 5mins to reduce slightly and set aside till later
  1. Put all of your ingredients, apart from the fruit and yeast into the pan fitted with the kneading blade
  2. Now add the fruit and yeast to the yeast and fruit & nut dispensers
  3. Set your Panasonic automatic bread maker to 'menu 17' to allow the dough to rest, knead & prove - this should take around 2 hours
  4. Once the timer is up, remove your proved dough from the pan and divide into 10 balls, they should be around 110g each
  5. Roll each section of dough into tight balls and space out onto a lined baking tray
  6. Cover lightly with cling films and allow to prove again until doubled in size
  1. Mix the flour, sugar and water together to create a thick paste and transfer to a piping bag
  2. Egg wash the buns, then cut a small hole in the end of your piping bag and pipe the crosses on top of your buns
  3. Bake at 200C for 20mins until golden brown, once cooked remove from oven and immediately brush with sugar syrup to create a shiny sticky hot cross bun
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