Home Made Buns For Easter

Easter is a time for festive food. And in England, it is the time for Hot Cross Buns.

Yesterday, Julie spent some time making her own, a batch of 12 buns. These soft buns have a spicy flavour, and are stuffed with plump sultanas. The cross has its religious significance too of course.

After a lot of strugglng with wet, sticky dough, and a considerable time proving the mixture in a warm place, in the oven they went.

After cooling, they were glazed with a mixture or water and apricot jam to give them a shine. Then we ate some spread inside with real unsalted butter.

Julie dropped some off locally to a friend, and will take more to one of her daughters this evening.

I am pleased to report that there were light, fluffy, fruity, and delicious!

83 thoughts on “Home Made Buns For Easter

    1. Thanks, Pam. In England ‘Rolls’ are just bread. Although these buns are made in a similar way, they have cinnamon and nutmeg in them, and are full of sultanas too. They are for sale everywhere, but Julie’s home-made ones were special indeed.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. I seem to remember this rhyme from childhood:

    ‘Hot cross buns, hot cross buns, one a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns!’

    Now I’ve seen them, and they look delicious, just like they’d melt in your mouth!

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    1. That was the ‘Street Cry’ of the wandering bun seller in Victorian days. He would also ring a bell to announce his wares. They are soft and spicy, and very tasty! πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. They look great, Pete! I’ve only started cooking with dough the last year or so, and the sticky section is the one I enjoy least! I’ve never tried buns, of any description, but I’ve been making my own naan bread for a while now: I have another bowl of dough proving right now πŸ˜€ Some time soon I might try pizza dough, even though it’s not something I eat at home really. Our local Easter egg hunt, organised by my neighbour [and landlord], went very well, and several families in the village got involved, which was good. Cheers, Jon.

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    1. The kids in Beetley were out early searching for eggs. On the dog walk I noticed someone had left some framed prints out too, presumably for the adults. But nobody took them. πŸ™‚
      I don’t know anything about dough. Home baking is not my thing at all.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. Looking good! I used to put a pastry cross on mine. Julie ought to have a go at baking bread now, that’s even easier! I only use dried yeast (haven’t seen fresh yeast on sale since leaving Donny) and it works just as well. I decided to skip the buns this year, but make a Stollen instead. Basically bread with fruit and marzipan – all leftover from making the Christmas cake!

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    1. I like Stollen at Christmas. I buy the smaller slices, as they don’t have too much marzipan in them. She did add pastry crosses, but for some reason they went a bit ‘flat’ on top. Still tasty though!
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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      1. I think the pastry crosses can go flat. Doesn’t affect the taste though. Yes, stollen has a lot of calories, though I will reduce the amount of sugar, so these will be sliced and put in the freezer – to be eaten a little at a time!

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    1. Thanks, Janet. She doesn’t make bread as a rule, but she wanted to try her hand at these buns. I will tell her.
      (She tells me she used ‘Instant dry yeast’, just added to the mix.)
      Best wishes, Pete.

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