Many of the Catholics out there will have been waiting for this day eagerly as it signifies the end of Lent.
This is a 40 day period during which the Christian Church is devoted to fasting, abstinence and penitence.
Most people choose things that they enjoy in their daily lives and give it up for the duration of lent.
Having grown up part with a Catholic background this is a practise that I am familiar with and this year I gave up sweets and pastries.
As an absolute sugarholic this was far from easy but the promise of one particular Easter treat made it all worth it… Homemade Hot Cross Buns!!
This delicious sweet spiced bun is usually made with currants or raisins and marked with a cross on the top.
Here’s my favourite recipe!
– 1/2 cup of sugar
– 2 envelopes yeast
– 1.5kg (6 cups) flour
– 1/2 tsp of salt
– 1 tsp of nutmeg
– 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
– 175g of butter
– 375 mL of milk, scalded
– 3 eggs, beaten
– 1 cup of currants, washed and dried
– 1 egg yolk for glazing
– Sugar Icing (see recipe below)
Put 1 tsp of sugar in a cup of warm water, add yeast and let it dissolve.
Sift flour with salt and spices. Cut in butter with pastry blender until it looks like fine meal.
Add rest of sugar to hot milk and cool. When lukewarm, combine with yeast mixture.
Add to the flour. Add eggs and beat well. It will be sticky.
Knead on a floured board until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if necessary. Knead currants into dough.
Place in a buttered bowl, cover, and leave to double in bulk, for approximately an hour and a half.
Preheat oven to 190º C. Shape into 24 buns and put on buttered cookie sheets.
Glaze with thin Sugar Icing in the form of a cross.
Bake for about 25 minutes.