Nothing smells more homey than freshly baked hot cross buns on Easter morning… even better when they’re EASY hot cross buns!
This year, I was supposed to spend Easter up in Yorkshire with the fam, but given the current circumstances I haven’t been able to head up North. Instead though I’ve spent the last few weeks in beautiful Suffolk at G’s family home. We’ve been super lucky with the weather (it’s been far better down South apparently!) so makes it a little easier to be in lockdown.
We’ve spent our Easter bank holiday weekend sunbathing in the garden, playing monopoly under the parasol, perfecting our iced lattes and even managed to successfully (and a bit painfully) complete an 8km run. It’s been gorgeous!
Another ‘must’ for our Easter weekend was to bake – obviously. But what to make this time?
My work colleague posted a picture of some freshly baked hot crossed buns last week and they looked absolutely delicious. I have to admit, I’ve never really thought to make them before and thought that they were perhaps something quite hard to pull off. Anyway, having seen the inspo, I thought I’d give it my best shot and it was my Easter weekend challenge…
So, after demolishing half an Easter egg (following my chocolate-free lent) before 10am, I put on my apron for a morning of baking.
First things first, the recipe and method were SUPER simple – I was kind of surprised at how easy everything was. It really is in the name…easy hot cross buns!
After making the dough I left to prove for 45 mins to an hour and the mixture had doubled in size – satisfying or what!
Next, pop the buns into the oven to cook for 12 minutes (yes – that is all!!)
And voilà – you have FRESH EASY HOT CROSS BUNS!
They come out of the oven looking quite dull and stone-like, but don’t be alarmed, all you need to do is brush over with a little honey and you’re ready to eat.
I was really chuffed with how they turned out and even more content when I treated myself to one smothered in butter – after all, it’s Easter and life is all about balance!