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March 28, 2013
SPRING: Hot Cross Buns

What would Easter be without the hot cross bun?

Studded with dried currants and leavened with yeast, the bakery item is as much a herald of spring as chocolate bunnies and coloured eggs -- just with more religious significance. Traditionally the bun is eaten for breakfast on the Good Friday before Lent, the characteristic cross on its top a reminder of the sacrifice of Christ.*

Piousness aside, the challenge is to find a really good tasting example. Even though the original recipe was a rich one (containing saffron and costly spices), today's ubiquitous supermarket version tends to be an anemic, bready, tutti fruitti specimen. And there's no excuse for it. ... Continue Reading...

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