Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha' penny, two ha' penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha' penny,
Two ha' penny,
Hot Cross Buns!
One of the things that I love about Easter is Hot Cross Buns.  Germany has the best bread culture and last year I was sure that this would mean some fairly extraordinary Hot Cross Buns at easter time.  You can imagine my disappointment when I discovered that Hot Cross Buns are not part of the Easter tradition here. Of course it never dawned on me that I might be able to make my own. And then yesterday I read this post on making your own Hot Cross Buns over at Delly and Bells  blog. I'm a sucker for a Donna Hay recipe at the best of times and a quick overview of the ingredients had me thinking I could make them without even visiting the supermarket for supplies. I was all ready to go and already imagining the smell and taste of Hot Cross Buns straight from the oven when the whole plan came unstuck. No milk! No matter, things have just been delayed by a day. There will be milk this afternoon. - and hopefully some Hot Cross Buns too!
 Picture Credit: Donna Hay

Do you have any favourite traditions for this time of the year? I love hearing about what other people do to celebrate something that for me, is as much about celebrating the change in seasons and the cycle of life as anything else. In Austria it's all about eating Spring Lamb and something called "egg-knocking", a game where you knock two egg tips together until one egg breaks. The Easter Bonnet parade was always something that I looked forward to at school and when I visited Japan a few years ago the Cherry Blossom festival was just beginning and I was surprised to see how much of this festival carried many similar themes as Easter in Christian cultures.

What are you doing to celebrate this time of the year? Keeping it traditional, attending religious services, spending time with family or just relaxing at home?


Kristina said...

Mmh, looks super delicious! Send me a piece, will you? :)
I am going home to see my parents, grandmother and friends over Eastern. Sunday we have a brunch at my grandma's house and Saturday evening I will go out with my oldest friends. So looking forward! :)

C N Heidelberg said...

I've never had hot cross buns, but those look really good! Maybe I'll try to make some!

urban muser said...

go get some milk and be sure to show us your creation! yum.

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

My mother always forces everyone to play the egg knocking game. It kinda drives me crazy. I wish I had more Easter traditions. Maybe I should start creating some of my own. I certainly do like the idea of hot buns or some other bread treat.

Monique said...

Those hot cross buns look amazing. That would be a great spring baking idea.Every year we go to the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. I can't say I have a set tradition but perhaps I'll start one.

Jamie said...

How is it I've never tried Hot Cross Buns?

For me Easter is about church services, family and Peeps (the sugar covered marshmallows that fill the stores in the US at this time of year.)

Bells said...

oh she inspired me too - i'm gearing up to spend Good Friday morning having a nice quiet time at home making them!

Adele said...

Glad to see my Hot Cross Buns inspired someone else to make them. they really aren't that hard. And there is so much gratification in home baking...Would love to see a pic of your finished product!

Tara said...

Looks great!!

SJ said...

i've never thought to make them either, though i guess there's always an abundance of them on display at coles so that's probably why.

i can't wait for 5 days off! i think we're going to head to Dubbo and ride our bikes around the zoo!

Michemily said...

In East Germany during Reformation time (October), there are Reformationsbrötchen and they are a lot like hot cross buns. I loooove them and even made some of my own a few years ago.