Hot cross buns. Hot cross buns. One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns. Get them while they’re hot, and eat them by the tonne… Never did we think that a nursery rhyme could speak such truths.
It’s basically impossible to only eat one hot cross bun. How do we know such a thing? Because we’ve been there. Six hot cross buns deep to be exact.
So what makes these delicious little fruit buns so irresistible? Their soft tearable centres? The way they go so perfectly with generous helpings of spreadable butter?
Here are our tips for making a great hot cross bun:
1. Use good quality baking ingredients
Hot cross buns use simple baking ingredients. Flour, butter, milk, sugar. So make sure to choose quality ingredients. You will definitely see a particular difference when choosing good quality butter and bakers flour.
2. Add a mix of fruit and spice
That incredible spicey, fruity flavour in hot cross buns is created when you use a mix of fruit and the correct spice mix. So don’t just use sultanas, add chopped dried apricots, rind and mixed spice for flavour that has depth.
3. Don’t aim for a perfect appearance
Unlike some baking projects, hot cross buns look even better when they are rustic in appearance. So don’t fuss over getting your buns to look identical, and instead make them with love, brushing over the glaze and applying the crosses, in any way you choose!
4. Use good old fashioned elbow-grease
A old wives tale says that the only way to make these traditional buns is to knead by hand! So get into the true spirit of Easter, and make these with your family – the old fashioned way.
5. Don’t be afraid to mix it up
While so many put forth an argument to say traditional is the only way to have buns, we think that a sneaky choc chip doesn’t hurt. Try halving your dough and adding a surprise ingredient to one half, and keeping the other half traditional! This way you can have the best of both worlds.
Is there any other way to serve incredible hot cross buns, than with a generous helping of spreadable butter? We think not!
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