Hot Cross Buns for Good Friday

6 Apr

Hot cross buns,
Hot cross buns,
one ha’ penny,
two ha’ penny,
hot cross buns.

If you have no daughters,
give them to your sons,
one ha’ penny,
two ha’ penny,
Hot Cross Buns

So, Easter is upon us and Lenten fasting and abstinence for those who participate is soon at an end. One of the delights of this time of year when I lived in the UK was to eat Hot Cross Buns. They are sweet, spiced buns marked with a cross to commemorate the Crucifixion.

Finally...lovely buns!

Mad Dog did an excellent post last week about the same subject, and I wish I had gone to his recipe suggestions when I first decided to make some.  I have made them here in Spain a few times and I have several recipes…but do you think I could remember which one I had used?

First of all I tried Delia Smith´s recipe – aside from deciding to make the dough in my bread maker then forgetting it was in there on a bake programme…well, the result was a hugely over risen loaf that was raw in the middle.

Oh no let me down!

Next up a Rachel Allen Recipe….they would have been good to use as missiles in a Mediaevel battle recreation.

Finally I turned to the BBC Good Food Website. Here is the original recipe, but my version is below as I found the dough a little too wet and I wanted more spices.

For the Dough

  • 300ml of full fat milk
  • 50g butter
  • 550g strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 x 7g sachet of easy blend yeast
  • 1 small egg, beaten
  • 75g sultanas
  • Up to 100g of chopped mix peel
  • Grated zest of half a lemon and one orange
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • ½ teaspoon of ground ginger

For the Cross

  • 4 tablespoons of flour gradually mixed with drops of water until a thick paste is made

For the Glaze

  • 4 tablespoons of sieved, warmed apricot jam

Bring the milk almost to the boil, drop the butter in and stir until the butter has melted and then put aside to cool to hand temperature.

In a bowl mix the flour, salt, yeast, spices and sugar and add the milk mixture and egg.  Mix with a wooden spoon, then with your hands then remove from the bowl and begin to knead. I still found it overly sticky but my egg was very large so I added small amounts of flour gradually until the dough was workable. Knead for about 5mins and then put into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.

When risen, knock it back and add the fruits and peel, knead again and leave to rise a second time. This is not for people in a hurry!

After the second rise, knock the dough back again and dived into equal sized balls for the buns. The original recipe suggests 15, I got 24 good sized buns from my mix.

Place the buns, slightly spaced apart on lined baking trays, cover with tea towels and leave for another hour.

Heat the oven to 200 degrees C (the recipe says 220 but I did the first batch at this temp and the bottoms burnt slightly). Now you need to pipe the flour paste over the buns into crosses. I used a sandwich bag with a point cut off the end to do this.

Bake for about 15 minutes until golden and gorgeous. Warm the jam and brush over the still warm buns to glaze.

Enjoy as they are or split (toasted or not) with butter. Happy Easter to you All!


70 Responses to “Hot Cross Buns for Good Friday”

  1. TheDorsetFinca April 6, 2012 at 10:59 #

    Mmm… we had some toasted for our breakfast this morning! Yours look yum. x

  2. Food,Photography & France April 6, 2012 at 11:07 #

    They look as though they will be delicious.

    • Chica Andaluza April 6, 2012 at 12:20 #

      They were, and I made plenty so we are still enjoying them today…

  3. PendleStitches April 6, 2012 at 12:14 #

    I love hot cross buns, especially toasted. I’m glad they worked out for you in the end…the look delicious. I have to say I abandonded Delia years ago…I know here recipes are popular but the never worked for me.

    • Chica Andaluza April 6, 2012 at 12:21 #

      I usually have quite good luck with Delia´s recipes, but this one had way too much yeast in it and the mixture was dry, dry dry. That´s why blogging is good – plenty of tried and tested recipes out there! Have a wonderful Easter with the family 🙂

      • PendleStitches April 8, 2012 at 19:22 #

        How did we ever manage without the interweb? Happy Easter to you too. x

  4. gardenfreshtomatoes April 6, 2012 at 12:51 #

    I found a new recipe to try this year, and promptly forgot about it…Maybe there’ll be time this afternoon…AFTER boiling a batch of eggs for coloring 😀

    • Chica Andaluza April 6, 2012 at 14:26 #

      Like you haven´t got enough to do already!

      • gardenfreshtomatoes April 6, 2012 at 15:25 #

        True… but the Easter Bunny must have eggs!
        Have a good holiday. I’d love to hear about the Up The Mountain Easter traditions!

      • Chica Andaluza April 6, 2012 at 15:34 #

        Eggs are most definitely first on the list – Hot Cross Buns should come way down the bottom!

        We will be celebrating this weekend, so will let you know what we get up to!

  5. Val April 6, 2012 at 13:37 #

    They do look lovely! Alas, I will be buying mine readymade, but I will be making crumble later!

    • Chica Andaluza April 6, 2012 at 14:27 #

      I had to go down this route because there are no ready made ones here…believe me, I´d have bought them too! Hope the crumble turns out tasty 🙂

  6. Mad Dog April 6, 2012 at 13:55 #

    Great post and excellent pictures – apparently hot cross buns baked on Good Friday had special properties and people kept them all year for good luck – perhaps that’s what Delia’s rock buns are for 😉

    • Chica Andaluza April 6, 2012 at 14:28 #

      Mmm, Delia is quite spiritual I believe so you may be right 😉 Have to say, they were (eventually) very good though!

  7. Karen April 6, 2012 at 14:26 #

    First it was Mad Dog and now your lovely hot cross buns. I love them and next year I think I might try making them. At least I know which recipe not to use. Have a wonderful Easter.

    • Chica Andaluza April 6, 2012 at 15:37 #

      Mmm, can´t recommend the Delia one but maybe I just got unlucky. The one I posted is exactly how I did it and the proof, as they say, is in the eating! (and very good they were too)…

      • Karen April 8, 2012 at 17:11 #

        Just wanted to stop back by and wish you, Big Man and all your loved ones a Happy Easter.

      • Chica Andaluza April 8, 2012 at 19:49 #

        Thank you so very much and to you and yours!

  8. fati's recipes April 6, 2012 at 14:27 #

    Although I don’t celebrate Easter (we have 2 Eid’s instead of Easter and Christmas 🙂 ) I wait for it all year round because I can get hot cross buns from the bakery! Yum! Since it always takes me 3 or 4 times to say “will try that” before I actually do, I’m assuming it’s going to take me 3 or 4 Easters (and therefore years) to make hot cross buns (would you believe I still have bookmarked HCB recipes since last Easter?!)

    This is my 2nd year, so I’m expecting some bun making next year or the year after at most! And probably when it’s not Easter…because I’d otherwise be getting it from the bakery! (Their all-chocolate ones and original cinnamon ones are AMAAAAAAAZING! probably just about as good as yours!)

    • Chica Andaluza April 6, 2012 at 15:36 #

      That´s the great thing about all these different religious and cultural celebrations – we can still enjoy them from the “outside”! I used to love Eid in my old London neighbourhood…so much colour and gorgeous food 🙂

      We´ll look forward to your bun making maybe next year Fati 😉

  9. thecompletecookbook April 6, 2012 at 15:33 #

    Would you look at those buns – kudos Tanya on a job well done!
    Happy Easter.
    🙂 Mandy

  10. Just A Smidgen April 6, 2012 at 15:39 #

    I bought a package of these yesterday and felt so guilty.. well, they’ve been now I get to make yours!! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try these!! xo Smidge

    • Chica Andaluza April 6, 2012 at 20:27 #

      Don´t feel guilty – I´d have bought them too if I could have done 😉

  11. Tandy April 6, 2012 at 15:50 #

    Happy Easter Tanya! I made my buns today, yummy and spicy 🙂

  12. ChgoJohn April 6, 2012 at 16:07 #

    Your buns are lookin’ good, Tanya! 🙂

    As an Italian-Brit living in Spain, tradition-rich holidays like Easter must be difficult to navigate. Far too many customs to deal with and I don’t now how you do it. Starting with hot cross buns, though, works for me!

    I hope you and your Big Man, as well as your neighbor Up on the Mountain, have a wonderful Easter, Tanya!

    • Chica Andaluza April 6, 2012 at 20:29 #

      Thank you John for your kind words! My approach to any celebration is to go with as many traditions as possible 😉 Have a wonderful Easter too..I expect you´ll be celebrating in style!

  13. katyarich April 6, 2012 at 19:36 #

    It looks so delicious and perfect, great recipe, I’m mouth watering ….. happy Easter .:)

  14. zestybeandog April 6, 2012 at 20:04 #

    Hahah oh no what a disaster! The buns look nice though!

  15. hotlyspiced April 6, 2012 at 23:44 #

    Your hot cross buns look delicious. I love this recipe and how it has citrus peel in it and lots of spice. I love how glossy they are too. xx

    • Chica Andaluza April 7, 2012 at 09:50 #

      Thank you – the glaze really made them look profesional!

  16. Michelle April 7, 2012 at 03:15 #

    I have never had these, despite having heard about them since childhood. Must remedy that!

  17. Calico Stretch April 7, 2012 at 04:01 #

    YUM! And I’ve just made some buns from a recipe I’ve not tried before. They were disappointing too, though not through machine ‘malfunction’. Bland and a little boring so I’m interested in the spiciness of your recipe. Shall up the sugar too and try again. Yum – love fruit buns and Easter is such a good excuse to, um, go for it.

    • Chica Andaluza April 7, 2012 at 09:51 #

      Sometimes recipes disappoint – and I added more spice to the original version of this one too. Hope you have more luck next time!

  18. Choc Chip Uru April 7, 2012 at 10:48 #

    Perfect and delicious, your hot cross buns are a dream 🙂

    Happy Easter!
    Choc Chip Uru

  19. Rachel April 7, 2012 at 16:25 #

    Lovely, and just right. Have a grand weekend and a safe (no need to say tasty – that’s obvious!) holiday! Mmmm…

    • Chica Andaluza April 8, 2012 at 07:46 #

      Thank you Rachel and all the same good wish to you – hope the weather is good for us all!

  20. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide April 7, 2012 at 20:29 #

    Oh boy, those look holiday worthy indeed.

  21. Michi April 7, 2012 at 23:18 #

    Que buenoooo!! I adore warm buns straight out of the oven. I would love to grab one for breakfast, smothered in butter and strawberry jam… *nom*nom*nom*

    • Chica Andaluza April 8, 2012 at 08:07 #

      Yes but you´re probably enjoy warm croissant and staring into D-Man´s Eyes with the Champs Elysées as a backdrop right now…much better!

  22. bitsandbreadcrumbs April 8, 2012 at 05:15 #

    I love hot cross buns and yours make me want to reach in and grab one. I thought I might make them this year, but alas no such luck. These really do look so good! Happy Easter!

    • Chica Andaluza April 8, 2012 at 08:08 #

      Thanks Betsy – I think I´ll make some again soon as they were a big hit at home, and I´ll just leave the cross off and call them “spiced fruity buns” Happy Easter to you and yours too 🙂

  23. promenadeplantings April 8, 2012 at 17:14 #

    I love your description of your attempts at getting the right dough and mixture, we definitely all have days like that! And the finished ones look scrumptious – lashings of butter please! Happy Easter 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza April 8, 2012 at 19:50 #

      It´s not like me to persevere for so long but I just HAD to have a Hot Cross Bun! Hope you are having a great day 🙂

  24. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise April 8, 2012 at 21:04 #

    Sorry you had to go through 3 recipes to make these beauties Tanya
    I hate it when a recipe lets me down but it makes you feel even better when you get it right

    • Chica Andaluza April 9, 2012 at 10:24 #

      It was a pain, but so worth it in the end! I was determined to get there 🙂

  25. Charles April 9, 2012 at 00:25 #

    Hahaha, oh dear – I shouldn’t laugh – it sounds like the sort of thing I’d do! 😀 I love hot cross buns – Easter has somewhat snuck up on me so I forgot about hot cross buns altogether. Quickly whipped some up on Friday night – I like to have one half toasted and one half untoasted 😀

    • Chica Andaluza April 9, 2012 at 10:20 #

      I don´t mind if you laugh. And my chickens were so happy about the big exploding loaf disaster 😉 I like them both toasted an untoasted, but plenty of butter either way! Am seriously impressed that you quickly whipped some up, will def be giving your recipe a go soon.

  26. Purely.. Kay April 9, 2012 at 19:31 #

    Just look at those buns. LOL Okay maybe that didn’t sound right but you know what I meant. They looks delicious

  27. Piglet in Portugal April 9, 2012 at 22:11 #

    I bet they tasted better than my attempt! I made the DS recipe and they were like bullets!

    • Piglet in Portugal April 9, 2012 at 22:12 #

      rewind, canonballs would be a more apt description!

    • Chica Andaluza April 9, 2012 at 22:43 #

      Oh dear…not at all what you want them to be like! I do wonder sometimes if people actually test the recipes before they go into print…probably not, much of the time.

  28. spree April 16, 2012 at 19:33 #

    Lovely little things!! My mum makes these every year in batches so huge her counters can’t hold them all. Most of them she gives away. Yours look delicious Tanya!

    • Chica Andaluza April 16, 2012 at 21:24 #

      I think I´ll pop over to your mum´s next year…these did cause me quite a lot of stress in the making until I eventually got there 😉

  29. Olga SE April 17, 2012 at 13:06 #

    Tanya, this year I cooked Hot Cross Buns for the first time and our family fell in love with them forever. They’re absolutely perfect! The recipe I used was a little different but I imagine every English household has one of their own. Yours look extremely attractive!

    • Chica Andaluza April 17, 2012 at 18:15 #

      Hi Olga and how lovely to hear from you. I hope all is well, you haven´t posted for a while have you?

      • Olga SE April 18, 2012 at 06:41 #

        Everything is all right, thank you Tanya. You’re right, I haven’t posted anything in English recently.

      • Chica Andaluza April 18, 2012 at 08:41 #

        Oh good, it was lovely to hear from you and glad to hear all is well!

  30. halal786 April 21, 2012 at 00:32 #

    Reblogged this on Halal786's Blog and commented:
    Hot Buns without the cross…lol


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