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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Chocolate Chip and Cherry Cookies

My love of baking escaped me for a month or so. As much as I thought about baking and found a recipe that I would make, I just never did make it. It was almost as though the thought of creaming butter and sugar together had taken its toll.

But then people kept asking when I would be bringing food into work and mum and dad were querying what was going on. But I thought I would leave it until I really wanted to bake. And I’m pleased to say that the baking bug returned on Saturday morning, and by Sunday lunchtime I was creaming butter and sugar together to make wonderful cookies.

Soft and chewy cookies with chocolate chips and dried cherries went down a treat in our house and are sure to be loved at work tomorrow.

2 1/4 plain flour (sifted)

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla

2 large eggs

2/3 cup dried cherries – cut into halves/quarters

2/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180c/350f. Cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs, vanilla and salt and combine. Add flour and baking powder. Combine. Add cherries and chocolate chips and stir together.

Place tablespoon measures of dough onto baking sheets lined with baking paper and bake for 10/12 minutes. Cookies should be golden brown around the edges and soft in the centre.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes 36.

I hope you enjoy them.

~ Pru