Hot Cross Buns! Hot Cross Buns! These beautiful rolls are an Easter classic. They are sweet (but not too sweet), studded with dried currants, swirled with warm spices, and crowned with a glossy white cross.
Eric and I keep eating these Hot Cross Buns and singing, “Hot cross buns, hot cross buns, see how they run, see how they run…” until we remember that Hot Cross Buns is not quite the same tune as Three Blind Mice.
Today we had 2 trees chopped down, it was very exciting! (I feel like if you told me as a 15 year old that this is the kind of thing that would excite me as a 29 year old, I would think I was a total dweeb.) If you follow me on Instagram you can see some cool videos of the process on my Stories. Go now, they disappear after 24 hours! You have to be on mobile.
This massive Italian Cypress was here before the house was. In fact, the previous owner’s grandpa planted the tree and it was sentimental (why else would you block access to your own driveway!) The house is ours but I still have all kinds of guilt about taking this tree out, even though it’s clearly the right landscaping choice. (Also, my sidewalk is not wavy in real life. I think there were raindrops on my phone when I snapped this.) We’re hoping to plant a Crepe Myrtle or a Japanese Maple where the cypress used to be. Do you have either of these trees? Do you like them?
Here’s the one in back that we took out. See how it’s leaning the WRONG WAY?? They had to bring in reinforcements (5 guys total to pull it down.) I was freaking out that my tree was going to fall on my neighbor’s house.
When the cypress came down, it made a huge crash, and the guys working started hooting and hollering like they had just scored a touchdown or something. It was so funny! Boys! Although I suppose if I were in the business of felling trees I would cheer every time one didn’t fall on someone’s house.
One of the guys asked why I was taking pictures of food in the rain on my front porch, so I shoved rolls at them and said, “I’m not weird, I’m just a food blogger” which probably only confirmed the weirdness. If somebody doesn’t clarify when you say you’re a food blogger, guaranteed they have no idea what you’re talking about and are just smiling and nodding.
I love the ultra-golden exterior of these buns. They are so pretty!
So do you know what currants are? I didn’t. Had to look it up. They are basically just tiny raisins. (At least they are here in the US. Real actual currants are tiny berries. I’ve never seen them, here’s what they look like.) I found them in the grocery store next to the raisins, they will be in an orange box labeled Zante currants. But really, using raisins works just fine.
These buns are tender and have tons of flavor thanks to the eggs, cinnamon, and a few other spices thrown in. They are perfect for breakfast with a glass of milk (or coffee, if you’re into that.)
The frosting recipe uses an egg white. That’s what makes it hold it’s shape. If you’re scared of getting salmonella, you could just add a little milk to powdered sugar and it would work fine. I love the texture and glossiness of the egg white though.
The photo on the left is with an egg white, but doesn’t have enough powdered sugar. I put it back in the mixer and added more to get the firmness you can see on the right. I used 2 and 3/4 cup powdered sugar, but it will depend on the size of your egg white, so you will have to play around with it.
I did. And this is what my kitchen looked like. Oops.
Carbs carbs carbs forever:
Hot Cross Buns already have frosting, I know, but if you wanted to split them and top each half with this Cinnamon Honey Butter, I’m just saying, I’m not gonna judge.
Whole Wheat Hot Cross Buns from Bless This Mess
Hot Cross Cinnamon Buns from All Roads Lead to The Kitchen << the author links to this cool article about the history of Hot Cross Buns!
Homemade Hot Cross Buns from Comfortably Domestic
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