Hot cross bun loaf recipe

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  • Nut-free
serves: 6 - 10
Skill: medium
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 4 hr
(or other appropriate cycle in the breadmaker)
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  • A light a spicy hot cross bun loaf that makes a great treat at any time of day.

    If you like hot cross buns for breakfast and tea, this loaf is a brilliant idea. It slices into 6-10 pieces. You can pop them in the toaster for a minute in the morning and have them buttered, first thing with a cup of coffee. Alternatively, they make a lovely teatime slice. Leave them un-toasted and plain, or with a little dot of jam and a pot of tea. You’ll need around four hours to make this recipe, but that includes time for the dough to rise. It’s a nice afternoon project if you have other kitchen jobs to do in between.


    • For this Easter recipe you will need:
    • 400g premium white very strong bread flour
    • ½ x 7g easy bake yeast sachet
    • 3 tbsp light muscovado sugar
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 4 tsp 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
    • For the glaze:
    • 3 tbsp sugar
    • For the topping:
    • 3 tbsp plain flour
    • 2 tbsp sugar


    • 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 100ml 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 3 tbsp 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 3 tbsp 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.

    Top tip for making this hot cross bun loaf

    You can add a little extra sweetness to this loaf by sprinkling the top with a layer of golden caster sugar.

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