This time next week I hope to be getting ready to make my first batch of hot cross buns. As a child we never had them until Good Friday and there’s something nice about sticking to that – as long as you can resist the lure of cinnamon-scented butter wafting out of every shop door.
For ages I made Nigella’s hot cross buns from Feast – her own photo of them makes them look less than perfect and mine were more or less the same, as exhibited by this batch…
(In my defence, I did make these in France, where I only had a very vague handle on the sort of yeast I was using and a very temperamental oven. They did taste good!)
Last year I made Dan Lepard’s Spiced Stout Buns, which were very, very good – and obviously I’ve become a lot more adept….
But what am I going to make this year? In the past I’ve also made Delia Smith’s recipe and dabbled with a few Alison Holst versions. I’m tempted to go back to Dan’s buns, especially as we have a bottle of stout in the cupboard, but I can’t help but wonder if there’s another one out there that might be better.
What’s your favourite hot cross bun recipe? If you’ve got some Easter inspiration on your blog – be it buns, bread, bagels, muffins, whatever – add it in the linky list below. Otherwise, if you’ve got any traditional HCB advice, let me know in the comments.