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Buns of Fun: How to Make and Customize Your Own Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are an Easter classic that everyone can enjoy, whether you're a fan of cinnamon and raisins or prefer something a little different. And the best part? Making them from scratch is easier than you might think! In this blog, we'll show you how to whip up a batch of hot cross buns that will be the envy of all your Easter guests.

Bamboo colorful plates with hot cross buns

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 oz unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter, milk, warm water, and egg. Mix well.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until a dough forms.
  4. Add the currants and raisins and knead the dough for 5-10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  5. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  7. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape each piece into a ball.
  8. Place the balls of dough on a greased baking sheet and use a knife to make a cross on the top of each bun.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

Customization:

Now that you've got the basic recipe down, it's time to get creative! Here are a few ideas for customizing your hot cross buns:

  1. Add dried fruits like cherries, apricots, or figs for a burst of sweetness.
  2. Sprinkle in spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom for extra warmth.
  3. Mix in chocolate chips, sprinkles, or colorful candies for a fun twist.
  4. Drizzle on a glaze like lemon, orange, or maple to enhance the flavor.
  5. Get creative by adding savory ingredients such as cheddar cheese, bacon bits, or chopped herbs.
  6. Don't let dietary restrictions stop you from enjoying these Easter treats. Try gluten-free or vegan hot cross bun recipes that taste just as delicious.
  7. For an adult version, add a splash of your favorite liquor like brandy or rum or soak the dried fruit in booze for an extra kick of flavor. Just make sure to label them clearly if serving to a mixed-age crowd!

And of course, they go great served up on our eco-friendly bamboo and plant-based plates and bowls, which will not only make your buns look great but also help you reduce your environmental footprint.

So there you have it – everything you need to know to make and customize your own hot cross buns! We hope you enjoy these delicious Easter treats with your loved ones.


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