Hot cross bun loaf Recipe

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(or other appropriate cycle in the breadmaker)

A twist on the traditional Good Friday treat, use a breadmaker to make this hot cross bun loaf and enjoy with your evening cuppa.


  • For this Easter recipe
  • you will need:
  • For the dough
  • :
  • 400g premium white very strong bread flour
  • ½ x 7g easy bake yeast sachet
  • 3tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 4tsp ground cinnamon
  • Grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 50g chopped mixed peel
  • 100g mixed dried vine fruits, e.g. sultanas, currants
  • 30g butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 100ml water
  • For the glaze
  • :
  • 3tbsp sugar
  • 3tbsp hot water
  • For the topping
  • :
  • 3tbsp plain flour
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • 3tbsp water


  • In a bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, cinnamon, grated orange zest, mixed peel and sultanas.

  • Add this to the pan in the breadmaker. Add in the butter, beaten egg and water.

  • Set to a programme for a small or standard loaf, with raisins, on the breadmaker, and turn on.

  • Meanwhile, mix up the glaze. Combine the sugar with the hot water until the sugar is dissolved, set aside with a pastry brush, ready for when the loaf is cooked.

  • To make the topping, mix the flour, sugar and water together, and have ready in a piping bag with a thin nozzle.

  • When the bread is cooked, turn out of the pan, and immediately brush with the glaze thinly. Pipe the topping on in a cross shape, or alternatively in a crisscross pattern, making several small crosses. To serve, slice and spread with butter.

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