These hot cross buns are prepared in a bread machine but baked in the oven for a nicer finish. The egg yolk wash gives these a golden, glossy top. The icing is simply made from sugar and milk.
Just made these buns today, wonderful. I didn't want to wait to add the sultanas, (not a currant in the house) so they went in with everything else, didn't seem to hurt anything except to maybe make the buns a darker colour. A quick tip to make the icing, put your sugar, milk, and vanilla in a heavy plastic sandwich bag, mix by kneading the bag gently when all the ingredients are mixed well cut a tiny hole in one corner of the bag and squeeze to make the crosses. - 14 Jul 2008
Something else. To make the crosses, I made a sweet dough out of an egg white, some icing sugar, plain flour and some vanilla and put it on after brusing the tops with the egg yolk mixture - turned out great! Everyone asked for the recipe! - 14 Jul 2008
Used different ingredients. Since I was short on time, I decided to try this bread machine version over my 'traditional' recipe....and these buns were delicious! They even tasted just like my regular recipe! I did make some changes as my standby recipe was a bit different and you may want to try this too: I added 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp. allspice, 1 tsp. each dried lemon and orange peel and 10 tbsp. mixed candied fruit. So good with a cuppa - 14 Jul 2008