Hot Cross Buns for Haphazard Chefs

G and I operate very differently in the kitchen. Let’s just say my husband lands firmly in the fancy chef le cordon blue corner, whereas you’re more likely to find me out the back of an industrialized kitchen with the job of peeling the potatoes.

My lack of thought and preparation can often infuriate my husband. While he’s following the recipe to the letter and plucking the leaves from the coriander stalks, I’m the one throwing it all in with a rough guesstimate of when it will be ready. The answer to everything is roughly twenty minutes.

For the majority of time my lackadaisical approach provides some pretty average results, but occasionally we have a win. A surprise result.

I woke up determined that I needed to provide my family with Hot Cross Buns for Easter. There were a few hurdles, the biggest being that no-one else was excited about the Hot Cross Buns but myself. A few of the little travellers hold a great aversion to raisins, this makes Hot Cross Buns a hard sell. It didn’t stop me, I was on a mission. I was Easterizing the house.

It was naturally after my trip to the supermarket that I realized I didn’t have yeast. This wasn’t going to stop me.

Google search “Hot Cross Buns without yeast”. Bingo.

I made a few adjustments and this is what we came up with, in twenty minutes. 20 minutes!

3 cups of self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 tablespoons of mixed spice
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
80 grams of butter
4 tablespoons of brown sugar
1/2 cup of sultanas and a handful of mixed fruit
1 egg beaten
3/4 cup of milk

I completely cheated with the crosses (we used icing in a tube)

You can make fancy glaze with gelatin, sugar and hot water – but I just brushed mine with milk and butter.

Pre-heat the oven to 220C
Sift dry ingredients into a bowl
Rub in butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
Stir in egg and milk until you make a soft dough
Add sultanas and mixed fruit
Turn onto a floured board and knead lightly
Pat out to a 1cm thickness and 5 cm wide shape
Place onto a lightly greased oven tray (I forgot to grease, of course, but they didn’t stick)
15 minutes later


Some-on please tell me if I’m wrong, but there wasn’t anywhere to buy a Hot Cross Bun in Doha this weekend. These guys weren’t exactly the same, but they were pretty close.

There you go. Easterized.

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