Friday, 29 March 2013


One a Penny, Two a Penny, Hot Cross Buns!
Baking hot cross buns on Good Friday has become somewhat of a ritual, although they're never ready for breakfast.

This year The Great British Bake Off Easter special inspired me to swap Delia's recipe for Paul Hollywood's.  The dough was very sticky and I feared for them, but they turned out just fine - well risen with a distinct cross and a soft texture.  But I felt they needed more fruit and spice.

Anyway on reviewing the programme I discovered that some of the quantities on the BBC food website differed considerably from those given on the programme.  The measurements for the sultanas, mixed peel, lemon zest and cinnamon were halved!  No wonder they disappointed on the taste front.

So I emailed the BBC and await their response.  Maybe they'll send Paul Hollywood round to rustle up a replacement batch in my kitchen!  In which case I'd better get a move on with those dirty dishes!


  1. Hmm! BBC recipes aren't as reliable as one would expect them to be. Some time ago I made up a batch of puff pastry with completely the wrong amount of fat before I realised. I emailed them and received an apology.

  2. They look delish. I use an old Good Housekeeping recipe which I've only slightly amended to include piped crosses rather than ones cut from shortcrust pastry.