Hot cross buns are especially highlighted over Easter, and rightfully so! They are the perfect tea time treat, toasted and served with latherings of fresh butter. If you love them as much as we do, learn how to make your own and impress everyone at your next event!
What are we making? Traditionally, a hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins, and marked with a cross on the top. But who says you have to stick to tradition? We love these daring twists on the usual hot cross bun - try them for yourself this Easter!
The basic mix: In a bowl, combine the flours (2 cups all purpose and 2 cups white bread flour), ½ a cup of warm water, ½ a cup of milk, 1 ½ teaspoons instant yeast, 2 teaspoons salt and 3 ½ tablespoons sugar. Add the egg and 3 ½ tablespoons butter and mix to a sticky dough.
Now that you’ve got a basic hot cross bun under your belt, you’re ready to create any of our exciting alternatives!
Here are five of our best twists on the traditional bun
1. The citrus hot cross bun
For this bun alternative, soak your sultanas in orange liquor or orange juice so the flavours infuse and then add some pureed orange to the batter mix too! To finish them off in style, top them with candied orange or lemon and serve with a tangy lemon curd.
2. The chocolate hot cross bun
Since Easter time is chocolate time, we couldn’t let this variation of the bun go unmentioned. Add dark chocolate chunks to your mix (or go wild and throw in some white and milk chocolate too) and serve with a chocolate spread on the side to be extra-decadent.
3. The bacon bun
This may sound completely ridiculous, but the mix of salty and sweet is pure perfection. Serve up your traditional hot cross bun with lashings of butter and a slice or two of smoked bacon. The perfect lunchtime treat during Easter!
4. The apple pie bun
This one also sounds confusing, but once you give it a try, you’ll be sold. In place of the usual crumb mixture for the apple pie, we recommend blending the hot cross buns into a coarse crumb and then toasting them with butter over heat until they’re golden and fragrant. The spices in the hot cross bun work perfectly with the stewed apple and enhance the taste incredibly! For a little extra wow-factor, use a round cookie cutter to cut out and keep the cross part of the bun. Place these circular pieces of bun into the oven with a sprinkle of sugar and some butter and grill them until crispy. Place these little discs on the top of your crumble and watch your friend’s jaws drop when they’re served.
5. And finally, the bread and butter bun
This is a twist on the classic bread and butter pudding recipe. In place of the bread, use traditional hot cross buns and pour your homemade custard over them. The spiciness of the buns combined with the smooth vanilla custard is a match made in heaven!
At Rocket Catering, we’re all about unique flavours and creative food. If you feel like you don’t quite have the nerve to try these out, let us make them for you! We’ll deliver them (and any other tasty Easter treats) to your Easter office party, family lunch or dinner with friends, so you don’t have to sweat the small stuff!