Friday, March 21, 2008

Hot Cross Buns

How NOT to bake hot cross buns:

1. Follow recipe that is very strange and doesn't sound like any bread you've ever made before
2. Dump first attempt (which results in doughy, tasteless, lumps) in the garbage
3. Scour the Internets for a new recipe and discover there's a zillion ways to make hot cross buns
4. Instead of dipping measure cup into sugar jar, attempt to pour into the cup-and spill entire thing all over newly washed floor. Rewash floor.
5. Forget you've sliced open a yeast packet; shake, and spray yeast all over the kitchen; pick yeast out of hair, the fruit bowl, and nearby mugs of egg dye.
6. Lament that your favorite bakery closed an hour ago
7. Hours later, pull these beauties out of the oven, and as you lick your fingers and smack your lips, declare that you will never buy the $12/dozen ones from the bakery again.
8. Be worshiped as the best baker ever (well, in your house at least).
9. Decide that it was entirely worth it.

You can find the recipe here. If you have bread making experience, they are really quite easy.
Some changes I made/would make for next time:

-the recipe says to make nine buns, but they turned out quite large, so I'd go with 12
-I'd cut back the sugar to 1/3 cup; they were a bit sweet
-I added 3/4 tsp of gelatin to the glaze
-instead of peel and currants, I substituted raisins

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