It’s that time of year when there is a whole lot of fruity looking buns with crosses lingering around and a suspiciously large amount of chocolate on offer.
Whether you celebrate this time of year for religious purposes or like to rejoice with the Goddess Eostre. The changes of Autumn and Spring being celebrated, quiet time in a church, happiness over a long weekend with loved ones, or simply enjoying some time out with a good book.
What ever you get up to… make it a wonderful one.
(And if by chance you feel like making some hot cross buns, here’s a few to get you started.)
Hot Cross Buns
200mls hot water
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp dark malt flour
1 tsp dried yeast
250g sourdough starter
100g sugar (2/3 cup, more if you like them sweeter)
100g softened butter
11/2-2 tsp salt
4 1/2 cups flour (675g)
Soak the fruit in the hot water, leave for a couple of hours/ over night. Mix all ingredients together, except for the salt. Autolyse period 20-45 minutes. Add the salt and mix again, then turn out on to a lightly floured bench to knead until you get a lovely smooth ball of dough. Pop the dough back into the bowl, plastic bag over the top and leave to prove. A couple of proves and folds over the next few hours. Then out onto lightly floured surface again and divide into 16 or so portions. Roll into balls, or simply divide to get a more square shape. Pop them on a lined baking tray, cover and leave for another prove.
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Mix together and spoon into a piping bag just before they hit the oven.
Then bake at 210C for approximately 15-25 minutes, (depends on the size, bake until golden.)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
Bring to a simmer for a couple of minutes and then brush onto hot buns.
Hot Cross Buns- commercial yeast recipe
Hot Cross Buns- whole sourdough recipe
Chocolate Hot Cross Buns- semi sourdough recipe
your hot cross buns look amazing brydie..i’m planning on making them with sourdough for the first time this year..i’ve been making my own for so long i can’t remember ever buying them but i’ve noticed the better ones are selling for around $3 or more..but the reason for making them is not just the expense of course..it’s fun and they taste so much better..
oops..and i forgot to say happy easter to you and your family..x jane
Yummers:) I am so glad that there are so many dark chocolate options out there now – everything in moderation. Have a Great Day!
Gorgeous buns, B. Happy Easter!
Celebrations and food just go together, don’t they?
Your buns are beautiful- I’m making some tomorrow- just in time for Good Friday.
May your celebration/holiday be filled with joy!
Thanks for the recipe. Will give it a go this Easter. Happy Easter!
Happy Easter to all of you too Brydie! X
Buns have been calling lately but we haven’t got around to making any yet. Hopefully over the weekend! Happy Easter, Brydie. xx
happy easter to you and family brydie I am planning to bake some tomorrow. Hope they look as gorgeous as yours 🙂
Ah… I have eaten too many hot cross buns in the past few weeks. Well, metaphorically 🙂 Happy Easter!
Beautiful buns Brydie (ok that sounded weird :P). I hope you and your family have a fabulous Easter break! 😀
And you to Brydie 🙂 Wishing you and your family a lovely Easter weekend.
My starter is ready for your chocolate ones! Have a blessed long weekend 🙂
They look fantastic!! Happy Easter 🙂
Your hot cross buns look perfect…one of my favorites.
Your buns look so perfect, Brydie – so much better than mine! Happy Easter to you and all your family. We’re celebrating by going to church and having a family dinner xx
More lovely looking buns Brydie – I’m starting to feel guilty that I never bothered to make my own. Still, I have been busy with a box of tomatoes instead.
beautiful! they look delicious.