Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns

One ha’ penny

Two ha’penny

Hot cross buns

If you have no daughters

give it to your sons

One ha’penny

Two ha’ penny

Hot cross buns

I remember the song from when I was a child and mum would sing it to my sister and I when we had hot cross buns at Easter.  Thing is, now adays you can find hot cross buns in the shops all year round but I still stick to eating them at Easter.  The apple and cinnamon ones from M&S being my favourite.

I had never made hot cross buns until the other week (I was a week ahead with my pick for Martha Mondays as I knew that the week was going to be incredibly busy).  I chose this recipe and watched the video of Martha and Seth Myers making them.  I love that Martha corrects Seth and makes him not joke about the reason for the cross on the buns and that she gives some history about the buns (which I did not know) when they are being made.

Anyway, back to the buns.  These were easy to make but took a fair while to make.

Looking back now, I should have rolled these into better rounds…

…but it didn’t matter because they tasted great!

Oh!  I stuck completely to the recipe except I couldn’t find golden raisins and so used sultanas instead.  Oh!  And the icing quantity I think it wrong, it was too runny.  I ended up adding nearly another cup of sugar to the mixture so that I could pipe it.

~ Pru

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6 thoughts on “Hot Cross Buns

  1. I’m planning to make mine of Wednesday. But I dislike dried fruit so I may be making chocolate chip ones. I’m curious about the apple cinnamon ones, though. Do they use dried apples or fresh? I’m so glad these turned out well for you!

  2. Gorgeous. I think I saw the show where they made these. Martha and Seth are such a weird and funny combination. You can tell he thinks she is hilarious.

  3. They look good. I don’t care for raisins so I think I would go will all dried cherries in it. So why did they put the cross on the buns? I haven’t made mine, I’m not that good of a baker and my husband is out of town so it just didn’t happen.

    • I’m not that keen on raisins either – I prefer sultanas – and don’t even get me started on currants – yuck!

      Because hot cross buns were traditionally eaten at Easter time only, the cross represents the crucifiction. Usually the cross is made from a water and flour mix and rolled into strips and placed on the buns. I was rather keen on the icing version though!

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