How To Make Hot Cross Buns In The Airfryer

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

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 taste amazing home cooked rather than supermarket bought and then spread it with some melted butter and you can have a slice of Easter heaven.

If you are reading this as the post has gone live, rather than finding us on Google or on social media at a later date, then it will be Easter Friday today. The start of the Easter Weekend and a time for me to get excited about Easter.

Easter is the first start to reasonable weather here in the Algarve and we love nothing better than a picnic on the beach on Easter Saturday and then a home cooked roast dinner on Easter Sunday. Plus if you read all about our turkey posts in March you will know that we are digging into a half price turkey this Easter too.

So 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.

Happy Easter from

I have to admit 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.

I worked in a café come cheap restaurant when I was 18 and when Dominic and I first lived together. It was by the harbour and served carvery (English roast dinner to the non-Brit) and one of the quick snacks people would come in for would be the toasted teacake with a cup of English tea.

It was a lovely combo and we would sell a lot of them each day.

Well can you blame them when they looked similar to this:

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

They were shop bought and as I recall they were Warburtons and were so, so good. It was in fact the only decent bit of food that they sold and I would snack on them during my breaks.

I didn’t last long working there as the man that owned it drank too much and I found him rather scary. He had a lovely wife but she was really tiny and you could tell that she was always afraid. I remember in the end that I had left my CD there and had talked Dominic to go in and get it for me, which he did as he is lovely like that!

I was yet to ever find a place where I worked where I got free hot cross buns (or teacakes outside of Easter season) but whenever I am in the UK or visiting an English supermarket, I will be there buying them!

In these hot cross buns though they are made in one mixing bowl, then cooked on a baking mat in the Airfryer and are so delicious. Dish them up this Easter and your family will be really pleased with the effort you have gone to.

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How To Make Hot Cross Buns In The Airfryer
Serves: 6
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  1. Preheat the Airfryer to 80c or whatever your lowest Airfryer setting is.
  2. Warm the olive oil and milk in a saucepan until the milk is luke warm.
  3. While it is warming up add the bread flour and yeast to a bowl along with the seasonings. Using the rubbing in method, rub the fat into the flour.
  4. Add the raisins.
  5. When it is mixed and resembles breadcrumbs gradually add the saucepan ingredients until you have a soft bread dough.
  6. Break the bread dough up into hot cross bun sizes and place them in the Airfryer on top of a baking mat and cook on 80c for 20 minutes to prove the bread dough.
  7. Then change the temperature to 180c for 12 minutes.
  8. Remove from the Airfryer and allow to cool for 5 minutes before eating.
  9. While they are cooling make the icing topping. Do this by mixing together plain flour, icing sugar and a little water until you have a thick paste. Using a piping bag or a spoon make a cross on each of the tops of the buns.
  10. Serve with butter.
You can adjust the amount of raisins that you want in your hot cross buns. I love raisins but I don’t like to have a huge amount.

Serve them with melted butter as it’s the LAW.

Be careful with the cinnamon as it can be a really strong flavour if you are not used to that much of it.

You can of course prove the bread in a traditional way but it can take hours and the Airfryer can do it so much faster.

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