This was meant to be the ‘look-at-my-yummy-hot-cross-buns’ smug little pre-Easter blog post…but let’s not talk about the great bun epic failure that happened here yesterday. Sigh.
Over the years I’ve trialed several different hot cross bun recipes, this one seemed a real winner, how disappointing. I remember my first ever attempt in our first farmhouse kitchen, where a possum lived in the old wood stove, the drug squad had kicked in the back door and we showered in the backyard with an old camp shower hung from a tree due to no shower inside. Good times. But damn it, I baked hot cross buns! And they were horrendous. Horrendous little blobby rock cakes with a vague hint at spice or dried fruit. Barely edible really.
So I gave up on the buns, then about every second year I think “Of course I should be making hot cross buns!” and dip my toe into bun making again. And am quickly reminded of my past efforts. Matt’s aunty is the unequivocal Hot Cross Bun Queen – no bun can compete with Jenni’s buns, so why bother? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Stupid buns.
But chocolate little treats – that I can do! I’ve had this little silicone egg mould thingy in my baking-bits-and-bobs-box for yonks, I probably got it at a $2 shop or the supermarket, who knows. I know the idea is to make two egg halves and stick them together, but I quite liked the idea of using the pearl sugar glittery edible stuff (also found in the baking-bits-and-bobs-box) on the tops of the half-egg. Basic stuff really, melt down some white cooking chocolate, few drops of food colouring, sprinkle with pearl sugar or hundreds and thousands or whatever you like. Five little
Easter bunnies nieces will be pretty happy about glittery pink eggs I think.
I then got a bit more creative and crushed up some Oreo’s, stirred through some melted white chocolate and made some little cookies and cream ones for Matt, because he loves cookies and cream anything (who doesn’t?) You could put whatever you like through the chocolate, sort of like rocky road, or even pop a caramel lolly in the middle so it’s like a caramel egg. Mmmmm.
Have you failed at hot cross buns too? Please tell me yes.
Cookies and cream fan?
Got much planned for Easter? If you’re traveling, stay safe on the roads – it’s hectic out there!