1 Apr 2012

Hot Cross Buns: Easter Baking

Hot Cross Buns are a favourite of mine. Unfortunately, the ones we buy aren't very big and I love a Hot Cross Bun with a bit of attitude!

I made my dough in the bread machine, it never lets me down. The recipe is from one of my favourite books - The Bread Book by Sara Lewis. There are instructions for making by hand or using a bread machine. Also, comprehensive step by step instructions to guide you, if you have never made a loaf with a bread machine. Shaping techniques and baking know-how are also included in the book.

The crosses are easy to pipe, but the flour and water paste is pretty unpleasant. My husband had to try his best to get the stuff into a disposable piping bag for me, it's a two man job, one holding the piping bag and the other trying to get the paste from the bowl into the bag. Don't even be tempted to use a reusable bag because you will regret it! I think it's best if I draw a veil over what the paste looks like, it tastes good though.

My buns were light and spicy, the glaze was lovely and sticky. They don't contain the dreaded peel, but I think I would grind some peel with granulated sugar next time, they could have done with a hint of citrus and a few more raisins would have been good too.

They are perfect fresh, freeze well and are fabulous toasted. Now I have a freezer of very sticky Hot Cross Buns.


James said...

Wow - looks too good to be real! Hot cross buns are one of the few bread things I've never tried - always so busy around Easter - this has given me the need to try them!

Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce said...

I love your idea of mixing the peel in the sugar. I do love the citrus flavour in hot cross buns. I remember making these when I was a child and I used to roll out the crosses and place them over the top, rather than piping them. I think yours look much better piped, even if it was a tough job, they look perfect!

Choclette said...

They look absolutely fabulous. I haven't made hot cross buns in years, but I know for sure, they never looked as good as yours do.

Nicola said...

I think they may be the best looking hot cross buns I've ever seen!

Maggie said...

James - this is a real compliment especially as you are a chef - thank you.
Hazel - yes these did need something citrus.
Choclette - you will have to make some next Easter.
Nicola - thank you for the compliment - I have to admit I surprised myself!