This Easter I had my first two attempts at making hot cross buns. The first lot I baked as a test run on Thursday and they were rather rock-ish so I ate (the inside of) one and threw the rest in the bin. I think I just cooked them a bit too long. The recipe did 30-35 minutes and I cooked mine for 30 but I think 20 would have done it to be honest.
My second attempt was on Sunday when MR was down to help me eat them. I used a different recipe, this one from The Bookery Cook, after a recommendation from Nicole on IG except I just used powdered cinnamon and all spice, not all that lovely fresh stuff and I didn't have time to steep them in the milk so I just heated it up a bit and then let it cool off. We had a bit of a time limit, we were due for afternoon tea with MR's parents who have retired and moved to Yanchep, a 40 minute drive from our house in Perth.
This time I watched my hot cross buns baking like a hawk and as soon as they looked like they might be browned enough I pulled them out and did the tap-tap-do-they-sound-hollow test and they did - cooked enough for me! This recipe said 20 - 30 minutes and I pulled mine out at 17 minutes.
|Hot cross rocks in the top six and nice soft crumb filled hot cross buns in the bottom six|
The recipe made twenty which really is a bit of an overkill, so we took some over to our next door neighbour (and returned with a slab on homegrown watermelon), some to MR's parents and ate the rest ourselves this morning for breakfast.
While up in Yanchep, we went for a little walk along the beach just as the sun was beginning to set. After living in the country for 35 or so years, MR's Mum is so happy to be back by the coast (she grew up near the coast in New Zealand) and was excited to show off their little beach. Their house is across the road and over a sand dune from the beach and there are lots of ocean views from their house.
After getting back from our visit we headed out for dinner and to see the new Captain America movie. We went Gold Class and when we were given our tickets we were told we would be receiving a complimentary Easter sundae for dessert during the movie to celebrate Easter Sunday. How lovely is that?
I hope your Easter weekend was just as lovely as mine :)