It is coming up to Easter and here in Australia, that means hot cross buns. As soon as Christmas is done you can find them in the supermarkets.
It is a bit ridiculous really and we always marvel at quickly they start making them after Christmas. Sometimes it is within a day or two.
I love them, and I don’t mind how quickly they start appearing, though I only like them when they are really fresh. I get really annoyed when you get them home and once you open them you can tell they are a few days old. I’m not happy when that happens.
Though I don’t like them with peel and many make them with it. I like just all fruit, sultanas are fine or currants.
History of hot cross buns
When I started writing this I wondered where they came from. I know they are English and since we have English customs here we also have them for Easter. However, I got curious to see when they started and found this curious post on the following site, this is the article I found, Here’s Why We Eat Hot Cross Buns at Easter. They said this:
The origins of hot cross buns may go back as far as the 12th century. According to the story, an Anglican monk baked the buns and marked them with a cross in honor of Good Friday. Over time they gained popularity, and eventually became a symbol of Easter weekend.
There is a lot more there, take a look.
They are supposedly a religious symbol, but really they are too good. I wish they would make them all year round, maybe without the cross when not around Easter.
Anyway, I thought I might try making them. I have never made them before, but I’ve made lots of bread-type things over the last couple of years, so I thought, “how hard can they be”?
They weren’t terribly hard, and I found a good recipe, or so I thought. However, they were quite heavy and dense, so I might have done something wrong. I will just have to try making them again.
I guess with these sorts of things you can’t always expect to get it right the first time.
After my last post, I thought I should do some more photography with the buns, so you can see here a couple of set-up shots. I think the more I do it the better I will get. We can only hope. I do need to get more backdrops though. I keep using the same ones.
Do you have any Easter traditions in your country? What about your home? What do you love about Easter, if you celebrate it?