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With just a little bit of butter with a cuppa for breakfast is best/correct, yes?
They're great. Wouldn't want them all year round, but every now and again they're decent.
i ate one with butter and honey, it was ok
I'm no expert but I'd be getting jam involved
I'm not sure I've even had one
or not even toasted. just as buns are great.
Made some at the weekend. came out pretty well. will do again.
Have never done this. They're always so damn cheap in the supermarket.
Buying the 2-4-1 deal always feels like a con tho, as they're never the nicest ones, and who can eat 8? (I can!)
When they're only 50p or £1, but it's very satisfying. Same for English muffins - homemade are amazing.
And now wondering what the difference is between the two. Apart from the cross on the top of buns that reminds me Jesus died for our sins so that one day I might be saved if only I repented and stopped sinning myself. You don't get that kind of heaviness with a teacake.
but few do it like a hot cross bun.
and toasted teacakes just have raisins?
some say teacakes have no spices either, just a bit plainer....but not always.
So, bit more (of the same) ingredients in Buns, but mostly is just down to the presentation - hot cross buns tend to be fatter with the cross, teacakes tend to be wider and flatter, no cross.
HxB's are like the portly, richer cousin to the Teacake then, if you will.
Don't bother your normal ones.
Gonna have to find some of these tomorrow. They sound amazing.
*plans visit to M&S*
I guess some of you buy a new toaster each week or something.
Lots, rather than a little, butter, also.
Good shout for breakfast though.
with lots of butter. toasted or cold or even if you're really careful and own one, which I don't, because I'm not a monster, a quick blast in a microwave to soften it.
can't help but feel they oversold themselves somewhat. Don't HCB's already have raisins?
yes. they have raisins/sultanas/currants and cinnamon/mixed spices in as standard. should have called them "Cinnamon, raisin & mixed peel Hot Cross Buns with flour, butter, milk, sugar, egg and yeast"
They were way too deep for starters - even cut in half the middle of each half was still bready and not warm - and they smelled disturbingly citrus-y when they were cooking too.
Back to the cheap and cheerful ones for me!
(by calvin klein)
Anything with dried fruit in: shite.
I have the batter and fruit soaking, and will bake tomorrow in preparation for eating on Friday (and tbh, Saturday, Sunday and Monday).
There's no batter for hot cross buns, they're a bread. If you leave them to prove for too long they might collapse when you move them - depending on how cool/cold your kitchen is.
But I guess in saying you are soaking fruit you haven't made the dough yet.
How are you making them?
Instead of straight packet/live yeast tomorrow? I've never done that with sweet buns, might make then taste too wholesome!
These questions need answering, and they need answering quickly, for all our sakes.
or it's 5pm, whichever comes first
Kinda - these are a little unusual in that regard, so might not work for absolute purists (though they're not some abomination containing chocolate or something).
I've tried a few recipes, but made this one last year and it was the absolute most delicious hot cross buns I've ever tasted, from supermarket or restaurant, by a mile. I felt like magic.
but it was worth it. if I feel inclined, I might try this recipe out over the coming days.
Nice and dark and rich. You could add some caraway seeds and honey in to those as well, bet that would set off the beer nicely.
yeah. pretty hungry for these right now.
might try that next time
how have they turned out?
Turned out brilliantly! Full of rich fruit and spice. So goood.
Never had one before you see. Are they just cross buns if untoasted?