March 29 2019 Words by Mette Jorgensen
A local favourite for over 20 years, we delve into the traditional method behind these seasonal treats
The origins of Hot Cross Buns
Nothing says Easter like a freshly baked Hot Cross Bun. A traditional treat for the lead up to the Easter Long Weekend (despite supermarkets making their first batch on Boxing Day).
Wikipedia defines a Hot Cross Bun as a “spiced sweet bun, made with currants or raisins, marked with a cross on the top”. They date back as far as the 12th Century and according to legend, were baked by an Anglican monk for Good Friday who decorated them with a cross to represent the crucifixion of Jesus. Over time they gained popularity and are now synonymous with Easter time.
De’lish Hot Cross Buns, fresh from the oven
English Folklore even states that buns baked on Good Friday will last until the following year! Personally, I love them so much I wouldn’t let them go un-eaten that long!
De’lish Hot Cross Buns – weighed and ready for shaping
De’lish Hot Cross Buns
The traditional Hot Cross Bun recipe calls for a rich yeast dough, with currants and spices folded in. Here at De’lish we leave them to prove overnight to create a superior taste and texture. They’re sweet and dense but also soft and moist. Making them perfect for toasting and slathering with butter! We have perfected our recipe over the last 20 years to find the right combination of fruit and spice to create a traditionally dense and sweet bun.
De’lish Hot Cross Buns – shaped and ready to prove overnight
A twist on tradition
What makes a Hot Cross Bun so distinctive compared to other sweet buns is the cross marking in the middle. The traditional cross can be made from shortcrust pastry, a flour and water paste or just marked into the dough before baking. This is where our buns break from tradition, we opt for a Crème Pâtissier piped cross, because it looks divine and adds a delicious sweet and creamy flavour to the buns!
De’lish Artisan Foods, Lindfield
Want to try one?
If you haven’t already tried one, visit the store and taste our version of the traditional treat. You will see why they’re a local Lindfield favourite!
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