I should have probably written this post last week when I made these hot cross buns ..... before easter!!! but oh well! I must say hot cross bun making is no walk in the park! It's a bit of a laborious task, good for cold rainy days when you have no plans and have time to wait for extended periods of time for things to rise!
This was my first attempt at the art of hot cross bun making and I was pretty happy with the finished product. They were a little doughy I thought ...... this might have been because I received a rather lengthy phone call from mother dearest (who always manages to call at the best times!!!) and by the end of it I couldn't remember if I had in fact already added the four and a quarter cups of flour required or if I'd only added three and a quarter! I decided to go with three and so added another just to be safe. This extra cup may have been the fourth and final that was necessary to create the buns or it could have been an additional cup which wasn't needed and led to the buns being a tad on the doughy side!! Either way the buns turned out to be packed with flavour (often lacking in the store bought varieties) and tasted good toasted and smothered with good old fashioned butter - none of the healthy cholesterol lowering rubbish!! All in all the recipients of the buns were happy with their Easter goodies so that's what counts :)
To create these hot cross buns I once again turned to one of my trusty donna hay cookbooks. This recipe is from the modern classics book 2.
I had a great Easter weekend, it was very relaxing and as it was such average weather here in Auckland it was the perfect time to rug up, watch movies and eat chocolate! and this is exactly what I did all weekend!! Hope you had a lovely long weekend whatever you got up too : ) simran xx