Hot Cross Buns
So Easter is here again! How the time sure does fly, especially when you're in the middle of the beginning of uprooting your life. Sorting, organising and packing have taken up most of our time over the past few days. But still, I managed to bake a batch of hot cross buns. I figured that since it's a long weekend, even with craziness happening, I simply couldn't pass up the opportunity to devour some of these babies! After all, Easter only comes once a year. I wanted to make a more nutritious version so I opted for a mix of whole wheat and spelt for these dense chai spiced buns! They are high in fibre and low in sugar, and don't contain any of the nasties found in the store bought variety.
These turned out really nicely and didn’t last the day. So I’m going to be baking another batch. They are very dense, much more so than your store bought buns, but I like my hot cross buns to have a bit, or a lot, of body. I like to feel the weight of the little buns in my hand as I cut them in half to warm up in the oven, before slathering with some home made almond butter and jam.
If you wanted a lighter version of these buns you could swap out some of the spelt or whole wheat flour for some plain white flour. The fibre content won’t be as high, but they will still be a hell of a lot healthier than if you bought them ready made. Also, you might notice I haven’t included any fruit. That’s because a certain person I know can’t tolerate cooked fruit and I wanted my whole family to enjoy them. But since I’m bound to make another batch, I think I’ll throw in a few medjool dates for a bit of extra sweetness and added fibre. All good things!
Sandy is about to head off for work, and I’ll have to pack and move the contents of our house, which is not inconsiderable, while he’s away. Not looking forward to that. I am however, looking forward to scoffing a few more hot cross buns.
Happy eating and happy Easter!