For as long as I can remember, this bread has been a part of my family's traditional Christmas morning breakfast. I modified the recipe so I could make it in a bread machine. — Barb and Ray Schmeling, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
“This is a very old recipe from my aunt that I revamped to use my bread machine,” writes Peggy Burdick of Burlington, Michigan. The pastries are deep-fried, then glazed with a simple maple frosting. “They’re very good for coffee breaks,” she notes.
“Who says you should only eat Hot Cross Buns in April?” asks Alina Niemi of Honolulu Hawaii. “The bread machine does all the hard work, so they make an easy and decadent holiday treat that tastes like you put a lot of effort into them.”
"I like to use slices of this tender garlic bread to make roast beef sandwiches," remarks Sharen Clark of Sunnyside, Washington. "With its golden crust and wonderful Italian flavor, it's also a nice accompaniment to spaghetti and other pasta dishes."
This recipe makes a large, pretty, round loaf with a lovely light texture, mildly seasoned with Parmesan and pesto. For flavor variations, Michele Burns of St. Albert, Alberta suggests substituting chopped sun-dried tomatoes and olives…or cinnamon and raisins.
"I own two bread machines and love to come up with different recipes to try in them," writes Diane Widner of Blue Island, Illinois. "This golden loaf, with its tasty combination of anise and almond flavors, is especially nice to serve during the holidays."