Every year at Easter time I promise myself that this is the year I’m going to make Hot Cross Buns from scratch but somehow I never get round to it. My Easter Bread means I don’t have to feel guilty anymore.
Easter Bread has all the flavour of hot cross buns without any of the hard work. All I have to do is pop all the ingredients in the bread machine and before long the smells of cinnamon, ginger and cloves are wafting through the house. In fact, this bread is so good I find myself making it all year round – but at Easter time it really comes into its own. Easter Bread tastes great fresh or toasted and makes a lovely breakfast on Easter morning.
I’m still hoping to make Hot Cross Buns this year, but even if I do, this delicious loaf will definitely be making an appearance in our home during the weeks leading up to Easter.
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- about 1 cup apple juice at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 cups strong white bread flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- ½ to ¾ cup dried fruit or nice juicy raisins
- grated rind of one orange
- 2 teaspoons instant or fast acting dried yeast
- liquid honey, to glaze
- Beat the eggs lightly in a measuring cup and bring the measure up to 1¼ cups with apple juice.
- Beat together lightly.
- Pour the liquid into a bread maker bucket and add the oil.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour and spices.
- Put half this mixture on top of the water in the bread maker bucket.
- Add the sugar and salt.
- Put the remaining half of the flour mixture on top.
- Mound the yeast on the top of the mixture in the middle.
- Mix the dried fruit or raisins with the orange rind and place in the fruit dispenser of your bread machine. (Or set aside to add when you hear the ‘raisin beep’.)
- Put the bucket in the bread machine and set it to the correct setting (usually the ‘Raisin bake’ setting).
- When the bread is baked, carefully remove it from the bread maker bucket and put it on a wire rack to cool.
- Squeeze a bit of honey over the top and brush on with a pastry brush.
- Allow the Easter bread to cool a little before slicing.
Happily shared with Just Another Meatless Monday at Hey What’s For Dinner Mom,My Meatless Mondays at My Sweet and Savory, Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays, Rook No. 17, Delectable Tuesday at Home Sweet Farm and This Week’s Cravings at Veggie Converter