Bread Maker Hot Cross Buns

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Bread Maker Hot Cross Buns. How to make hot cross buns in a bread maker and then bake your hot cross buns in the air fryer. Perfect breakfast or brunch for Easter, these hot cross buns are truly delicious and addictive.

I originally shared with you how to make hot cross buns back in early 2017 and decided to update you on how delicious and easy bread maker hot cross buns are to prepare and then cook in the air fryer.

bread maker hot cross buns
bread maker hot cross buns

Bread Maker Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns = A family tradition around the world to celebrate Easter. Hot Cross Buns taste amazing home cooked rather than supermarket bought and then spread it with some melted butter or jam, and you can have a slice of Easter heaven.

Easter for us Milners is the start to nicer weather here in the Algarve The warm weather remains until late October and we always count down the time until Easter.

We will enjoy hot cross buns on Good Friday, hit the beach on Easter Saturday and spend Easter Sunday at home with a delicious roast dinner.

Before I tell you more about my HUGE love for Hot Cross Buns I wanted to wish you and your family an amazing Easter and we hope you have a great time.

Hot Cross Buns Vs Tea Cakes

I am a huge fan of hot cross buns and not just hot cross buns but any bread with cinnamon and raisins in it as it tastes so good.

Many people get mixed up between teacakes and hot cross buns, so as an addict to both, let me tell you the difference.

A teacake is a type of dinner roll that is sweet, loaded with raisins and often toasted and served with melted butter.

Many people have teacakes at both Easter and throughout the year and it is popular in UK cafes.

A hot cross bun is a premium version of a teacake. It is bigger and features a cross on top of the bread made from icing sugar.

Hot cross buns are more common with Easter and are rarely eaten outside of Easter holidays.

Here is an example of what a hot cross bun looks like:

Welcome to my recipe showing you how to make hot cross buns in the Airfryer. A family tradition around the world to celebrate Easter.

Hot Cross Buns And Easter

The hot cross buns tradition at Easter is because of lent. During lent you give up certain foods including dairy.

When lent comes to an end on Good Friday people eat hot cross buns as they re-introduce dairy into their diet.

Though hot cross buns have been a British tradition for many years, dating back to the 16th century.

Sadly, in recent years the tradition of Hot Cross Buns at Easter has decreased, due to the worry that hot cross buns would offend non-Christians and specifically the Muslim community.

Hot Cross Buns Q&A

Since publishing my first hot cross buns recipe 3 years ago, I have had so many questions about hot cross buns.

From people that have never had hot cross buns, to others that have made it and it hasn’t turned out right and they want to follow our bread maker and air fryer method instead.

Therefore, I have answered all the questions you have asked me below, so that you can have a quick read before you make a batch of homemade hot cross buns.

Hot cross buns without fruit? Many hot cross buns don’t have fruit in them and its up to you if you would like to add it in. The best fruit to use is dried orange, though grated orange rind also works well.

Hot cross buns without raisins? I could imagine my chef husband Dominic shouting at me, if I suggested a hot cross bun without raisins is possible. Instead it would just be a sweet bun. If you don’t like raisins that I would say hot cross buns are not for you.

How are hot cross buns eaten? Traditionally hot cross buns are eaten with melted butter or with other toppings just like how you have your toast. If you visited British tearooms during Easter, you would have your hot cross buns served with a cup of tea and some butter.

What to glaze hot cross buns with? Hot cross buns are traditionally glazed with icing sugar in the shape of a cross.

Are hot cross buns a breakfast food? They are more associated with brunch rather than breakfast, but you could also have hot cross buns for breakfast if you prefer.

Are hot cross buns bread or cake? Hot cross buns are made from bread dough that is made into buns. Or you might also call them sweet bread rolls. You can cook your hot cross buns bread in the bread maker like you would if making bread dough.

Hot cross buns hot or cold? Warm! Think of how you have your toast. Its horrible when your toast gets too cold and the same applies when eating hot cross buns.

Hot cross buns toasted or not? Always toasted and then butter spread over it so that it is like a sweet bread roll. Though we use the air fryer and it does a great job just like the toaster would do.

What spices in hot cross buns? The spices are very simple. Remember the hot cross buns tradition goes back many centuries and that is why the hot cross buns classic recipe is built on simple ingredients. We recommend mixed spice and cinnamon for perfect authentic hot cross buns.

Hot Cross Buns Ingredients

The main ingredients that make up hot cross buns include:

Or I like to think of it as flavouring your bread maker bread dough. If you have your own bread maker bread dough you can use that or follow ours.

Hot Cross Buns Easy Recipe

I like to think of my homemade hot cross buns as split into 3 methods:

  • How to bake hot cross buns – You are preparing your hot cross buns first in the bread maker. It takes just under 30 minutes for your hot cross buns dough to be ready.
  • How to cook hot cross buns – The next stage is making your dough balls into hot cross bun shapes and cooking your hot cross buns in the air fryer.
  • How to heat hot cross buns – if you make ahead your hot cross buns then you can cook them, save them in the fridge and then heat up in the air fryer. Or you can use shop bought or leftover hot cross buns and follow this method.
How To Make Hot Cross Buns In The Airfryer

Bread Maker Hot Cross Buns

Bread Maker Hot Cross Buns. How to make hot cross buns in a bread maker and then bake your hot cross buns in the air fryer. Perfect breakfast or brunch for Easter, these hot cross buns are truly delicious and addictive.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time32 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer, Bread Maker
Servings: 9
Calories: 189kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Hot Cross Buns Ingredients:


  • Follow our bread dough recipe and instead of making bread, click for the dough setting. When the setting is 5 minutes from the end add in your caster sugar, raisins and seasonings.
  • When the bread maker beeps and it has finished making your hot cross buns dough, roll it into 9 bread balls.
  • Load as many that will fit at once in the air fryer without being crowded. This depends on your air fryer size so could be between 2 and 5.
  • Cook your hot cross buns in the air fryer for 8 minutes at 160c/320f.
  • When cool mix together a little water with icing sugar until you have an icing paste. Add a cross to the top of each of your hot cross buns.
  • Serve warm with melted butter.


If you would like to add dried fruit, then reduce the raisins by a third and add in 30g of dried fruit.
You can also bypass adding the cross on the top of the hot cross buns and just have classic teacakes if you prefer.


Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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