Easter Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Perfect Easter Hot Cross Buns

Every year I make hot cross buns. I make bread regularly so this should not be a high stress event. But for some reason my crosses have never really work. This year I have found a great recipe. The buns are delicious and they are super easy.

This Good Friday as you remember the day that Jesus died on the cross, make these fabulous fruit an spice buns with your family. Enjoy!

Marked with a cross and ready for the oven

Easter Hot Cross Buns

Makes 16
1 1/4 cups (310ml) milk
3/4 cup caster sugar ( I think you can get away with less)
2 x 7 g sachet of dried yeast
4 1/3 cups plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon  of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ginger and cardamom
1 cup mixed dried fruit ( I used sultanas, substitute cranberries and choc chips)
1 egg, beaten
100g melted butter

It is good to make long lines and not individual crosses

Kneading the dough – it is dark because of all of the wonderful spices. Use whatever you like best!

1. Stir milk and sugar in saucepan over gentle heat until lukewarm. Remove from heat. Add yeast, stir and wait for 10 minutes  or until mixture is foamy.
2. Sift flour and spices. Stir in fruit, yeast mixture, egg and butter, Mix well until dough forms. Knead on floured surface for 5 minutes. Place in oiled bowl and cover with plastic warp. Stand in a warm place for 1 hour or until dough has doubled.
3. Divide dough into 16 pieces and shape into balls. Place in a greased square cake tin. Cover with plastic warp and stand in a warm place for 30 minutes or until the buns have risen to the rim of the tin.
4. Preheat oven to 200 C. Make cross mix with1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon sugar. Cross mixture should be soft and stiff. Place in a piping bag or zip lock bag and snip the end. Pipe the crosses. Bake in hot oven for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 180 c and bake for a further 15-20minutes until golden.
5.Make a sugar syrup with 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Brush hot syrup over buns and serve.

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Easter is Coming

I found these little guys last week. They were just chilling in a store, waiting to be bought. It reminded me that Easter is coming, that in what seems to be a blink of an eye the major stores have gone from Christmas cheer to Easter extravaganza. The decorations, chocolates, gifts and cards are everywhere.

We have a family tradition of celebrating Christmas by preparing for the day with a series of Advent readings and fun candy induced activities with the children. We have had less success with establishing an Easter tradition. Some of you will have given up something for lent, or maybe you are doing something and paying it forward as a way of remembering the Easter story. I think we are still distracted by the year starting that I haven’t quite noticed that it is almost three months in.

How do you prepare for Easter with your family? Are you creating something special? Do you bake? Do you gather with your family and friends? Looking forward to hearing about your ideas.

Christmas Cake to Easter Buns

Is it too late to show you my Christmas cake? There is actually still a smidgen left in the pantry. This is the first successful use of my Nigella alphabet cutters. Cookie dough tends to stick in the small crevices of the cutter. Whereas the icing falls out nicely, revealing a letter.

Some of us like the cake and others just like the royal icing. So there are lost of requests for the stars. As Lent approaches and we think about Easter I realise that I am not in the habit of Easter baking and gift giving quite like Christmas time. Maybe that should change.

Easter Monday – kids at play

So how much chocolate can one family of 6 consume….? We had a big Easter Sunday lunch and had family friends and their parents and new friends all gathering together yesterday. One family pulled out due to illness, but as a result a large number of the kids did too; so we had too many eggs and not enough kids for yet another Egg hunt. We have jar fulls of eggs now…literally.

Today the girls played with their Ma and sewed, while J hung out with his Dad. Lily and I mooched about and started the massive relocation/cleanout/autumn declutter. SO much stuff. We have been here for 4 years now and in this house for 3 years. But in the last 10 years we have managed to move every few so a natural cull of the clutter has happened fairly regularly. I am amazed at the expansion of plastic in our lives and of children’s stuff – artwork and precious treasures. I am working on the theory that more organisation of key family spaces and places will enhance our life and mine in particular. Do you nag the kids to clean their rooms?

The newly tidied playroom cupboard now means that the kids can see all their games to choose and can see where it needs to be returned to at the end of the game, as well. Hhhmmmm. J had a new interest in his army men and the girls rediscovered Go Fish! I love seeing them play. J started to say that we had no time for boardgames but realised mid sentence that if he didn’t play xbox or watch dvds there would be more time.

We are off to Melbourne tomorrow for a holiday and some work/conference squeezed in at the end.l

Ready, aim fire!!

Madeleine’s new doll that she made with her Ma. The doll is called Gabriella. (Anyone seen High School Musical, hhmm??)

Bella playing a competitive game of Go Fish.

Lily and Jake goofing about.

Dinner: Portuguese Piri Piri Chicken – it looks black but was succulent. Well done A!!