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I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hot Cross Buns

First of all, I would like to welcome the newbie followers to my blog, and also like to take the time to wish everyone a happy and healthy Easter holiday....If your'e travelling, stay safe!

Now, I have never attempted to make hot cross buns before...nor do I like the ones in the shops...As I don't like spitting out the fruit peel, I only buy the ones that are fruitless, and then only if they are marked down. I have seen in the stores these last few years, Choc-Chip hot cross buns, and also Mocha hot cross buns....who ever heard of them?  I'm sure fruitless, are closer to the original buns than these two flavours...I wonder why they introduce other flavours of a time honoured traditional food such as Hot Cross Buns? Is it just to appeal to the sweet-tooth and the coffee addict? I can kind of see where they are going with the Choc-Chip....the whole chocolate and easter egg thing comes to mind....but coffee??? Where does coffee (mocha) fit in to all of this.

I suppose I can't gripe tooo much, because as I don't like the store ones for reasons I mentioned earlier....I decided to have a go at some I would like.

Both my husband and myself like a fruit loaf....with lots of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and fruits like apricot, apple, sultanas and cranberries...so that's what I used...Well; I didn't have any dehydrated apricots left so they didn't go in, but the cranberries, sultanas, and dried apple did. ...The recipe called for 3/4 cup of dried sultanas....so I just made a mix of the fruits we wanted. Easy!

Did you make Hot Cross Buns for Easter? Leave a comment and a link back to your blog showing your Hot Cross Buns for Easter.....

Here are some photos of the Hot Cross Buns I made for Easter.

Next time I will make the paste thicker, but it's my first time...lol

The glaze made it so yummy.
 NOTE: The recipe calls for the glaze to be heated in a JUG in the microwave....now don't do what I did, and ASSUME that because it's only a small amount; think that a coffee mug would suffice.....Because it WILL boil over, and you will only have half the amount of glaze, and a whole lot of mess in the microwave.

Remember to link back to here with a comment if you have made your Hot Cross Buns for Easter. Even if you haven't made any you can still leave a comment.

Happy Easter!


  1. Yes Nellymary I made hot cross buns for the first time in years this Easter. I used the recipe that littlejennywren posted and that I noticed that Rose also uses. Well they were a huge hit with OH and the grandchildren who were all waiting impatiently for them to come out of the oven. Stepdaughter and son-in-law are now wanting to make more when they go home. Another lesson taught to the young ones. Yay!

  2. Oh I bet you were so proud...to be sharing such wonderfully fresh food...AND passing on a recipe to the younger ones...I love passing on recipes. Well done Nan.


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