Hot Cross Buns!

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I found it! A recipe for hot cross buns I’m finally happy with.  I couldn’t let Good Friday pass without making a batch of these spicy, fruity buns. I really love them but the trouble is,  I’ve had more than my fair share of disasters with certain recipes.  I don’t know why but they just never seemed to work for me.  I went from producing hot cross buns that were so rock hard I could have killed a seagull if I chucked one at it to buns that were ok, but nothing to really shout about.  Edible at best.  I was beginning to think I just wasn’t meant to make them but I don’t like to be defeated, especially when it comes to baking.

I watched The Great British Bake Off Easter special on TV earlier on in the week and watched Mr Hollywood make some pretty fine looking buns.  Having tried a few of his recipes before with great results, I thought I’d give them a go on Good Friday.

I’m very glad I did! They turned out beautifully – the dough was a dream to work with and the buns rose very well.  The only thing I did differently was to add 1 tsp mixed spice and 1/2 tsp extra cinnamon because I had heard a lot of people saying that they couldn’t taste the spices in the recipe.  You could certainly taste the spices but it wasn’t overpowering at all. The addition of fresh apple is really lovely.  I was tempted to leave it out but I’m glad I didn’t now.

You’ll find the recipe right here: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2066661/hot-cross-buns

This is going to be a very short and sweet post, I had the most lovely day with my family – we went swimming, went out for lunch then had a nice long walk – I’m pretty tired out now! All that remains for me to say is I wish you all a very happy Easter! I hope it’s filled with people you love, laughter and CHOCOLATE! 🙂  🙂 X

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