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What else would be more appropriate for the holidays than sweet Hot Cross Buns?
Many of you have asked for holiday recipe ideas; I have many up my sleeve.
I like to create simple recipes in my kitchen, and this hot cross buns recipe is the last recipe you will ever need to make hot cross buns.
One thing I enjoy about the holidays is that I try to pre-plan my meals and desserts, so I’m not the mom in the kitchen.
Hot Cross Buns For The Holidays
Today I have another creation to add to your Easter recipes and one you could quickly transform into a hot cross bun bread and butter pudding using my panettone bread and butter pudding recipe.
To be honest, I was going to whip up my cinnamon bun recipe for all of you, but I’ll save that one for later.
I have been busy making treats for the kids in the kitchen, including my Easter shortbread bunnies, rock cakes, muffins, and hot cross buns for us to take on our adventures over the Easter break.
We are off to some friends for tea, and as usual, I asked if I could bring anything to the table; they said to surprise us, so I am making Hot Cross Buns.
Hot Cross Buns are a great sweet bread for an after-dinner treat with a cuppa tea.
Spending Time With Family For The Holiday
Easter is a great time to spend with friends and family, and as most of our family is in Scotland, we spend lots of time with our friends here in Canada celebrating.
Our pot-luck dinner is on Good Friday so that I will take my hubby’s twice-baked potato skins with us.
It’s also a time when the shops entice us all to buy Easter chocolate for the kids.
Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate, but there is a limit to how much I eat.
I remember, as a kid getting colossal chocolate Easter eggs from my aunts and uncles, which was far too much.
We do a small Easter egg hunt for the kids, which is nothing compared to what I used to get.
My kids aren’t big chocolate eaters, so it’s not a huge deal.
Instead, they would enjoy a homemade recipe in the kitchen, like the hot cross buns we made yesterday.
We made our Easter cards during the spring break, so they are finished and ready to send off to friends and family.
It is much cheaper than buying Easter cards in the shops, especially if you buy crafts when they go on sale next year.
How To Make Hot Cross Buns
- Sweet Hot Cross Buns
- Recipe Type: Easter recipe
- Cuisine: Dessert
- Author: Nicola Don
- Prep time: 1 hour 40 mins
- Cook time: 25 mins
- Total time: 2 hours 5 mins
- Serves: 16
If you are looking for a sweet Easter treat for friends and family, this easy hot cross bun recipe is for you.
- 4 teaspoons (14g) dry yeast
- 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar (extra fine)
- 1 cup (250ml) warm milk
- 4 cups (600g) plain flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 60g butter
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup (125ml) warm water
- 3/4 cup (110g) dried currants
- 1/4 cup (40g) mixed peel
- 1 tablespoon apricot jam
- Flour Paste
- 1/2 cup plain flour
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar (extra fine)
- 1/3 cup (80ml) water
- Combine yeast, sugar, and milk in a small bowl, and whisk until the yeast is dissolved.
- Cover the bowl, and stand warm for about 10 minutes or until the mixture is frothy.
- Sift flour and cinnamon into a large bowl and rub in the butter.
- Stir in yeast mixture, egg, water, and fruit, cover, and let stand in a warm place for about 1 hour or until the mixture has doubled.
- Turn dough onto a floured surface, and knead for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
- Divide dough into 16 portions, and knead into balls.
- Place buns in greased 23cm square slab cake pan, and stand warm for 20 minutes or until the dough has risen to the top of the pan.
- Combine flour and sugar in a small bowl, gradually blend in water, and stir until smooth.
- Place flour paste into a piping or plastic bag with the corner snipped off. Pipe crosses onto buns.
- Bake in oven at 190oC for 10 mins, then turn the heat down and cook for 15 minutes at 170oC.
- Turn hot buns onto a wire rack.
- Heat apricot jam in a small pan until melted, then brush the tops of the buns while still warm to give a glaze.
Discussion: What are some treats and dishes you make for the holidays?
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