Sunday, 4 April 2010

Happy Easter - Hot Cross Buns

For this year's hot cross buns, I followed the same recipe as last year. Only change was a couple of chopped up dried apricots, because I didn't have quite enough dried cherries.

I wanted my crosses to be a pretty shade of pink, but my colouring paste does RED or nothing, so the icing crosses are a bit on the lurid side.

This year I found the dough to be unworkably sticky and I ended up having to add quite a lot of extra flour, so I think next year I will start with 1/2 cup milk, and add more if it seems dry.

Have a lovely Easter everyone! This 4 day weekend business is wonderful - it feels like a proper break. And Paul is home, so that is nice too!

19 comments:

Dee said...

Happy Easter! I think the bins look lovely, and not at all lurid. I've never made my own and would love the recipe. Is it on your blog?

Esi said...

Happy Easter!! I think the red crosses are a nice touch.

Foodycat said...

Dee - yup, it's linked where I said I made it last year. They are lovely - much more interesting than the average HCB.

Esi - oh good! I worried that they looked like they were bleeding.

Simona said...

Happy Easter! Based on my recent experience with red beet juice, I wonder if using that may give you the pink shade you are looking for. The buns look really nice and I bookmarked your recipe. BTW, congratulations on your Cook the Books victory: well-done!

Claudia said...

Good for your initiative. I've made Hot Cross Buns, but have been too lazy lately. Beet juice would work if you want to go pink & natural. I used that instead of "pink salt" in my St. Pat's corned beef brine. For a more red effect though, I would reduce it next time.

Pam said...

Your hot cross buns look delicious! I love them and must try them sometime. Happy Easter!

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

The buns look pretty with those red crosses :) Happy Easter to you!

Foodycat said...

Simona - thanks! I've FINALLY seen the back of beetroot season, so I won't be cooking another one until November if I can help it!

Claudia - is pink salt saltpetre? I definitely wouldn't be adding that to my food either!

Pam - thanks! Happy Easter!

Debinhawaii said...

They look so good! I like the crosses--brightens them up a bit too. ;-)

Foodycat said...

Laura - thanks!

Deb - I don't mind the crosses, now I have been living with them for a couple of days. But I think I should get some other colours of colouring paste to give myself some options!

kat said...

We had so much food at Easter we didn't even get to the hot cross buns

C said...

They look great, and the recipe looks interesting too - is the almond flavour very pronounced? Not one I'll be trying, but interested to know!

Good taste in chocolate too! (I was lucky enough to find those Lindt bunnies rtc in Sainsburys - woo-hoo for reduced dark choc bunnies!)

Foodycat said...

Kat - sounds like a nice place to be! We were having an HCB for breakfast and then a big early dinner over the weekend.

C - no, hardly any almond flavour at all. It's more for moistness. I sulk if I don't get a dark Lindt bunny for Easter!

grace said...

hope you had a swell easter! your buns look great--those are the first red crosses i've seen and i like 'em! lurid shmurid. :)

Joanne said...

I love the idea to add apricots to these! They are so fluffy!

Foodycat said...

Grace - thanks! The lurid crosses are growing on me a bit!

Joanne - It took a few goes, but I found a good combination!

Barbara said...

Great idea to use apricots! And a funny comment about your "lurid" crosses! They look delish to me!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Foodycat, I hope your Easter weekend was delightful. I love those hot cross buns.

Foodycat said...

Barbara - thank you!

Teresa - it was lovely! I hope yours was good too.

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