Nothing signals chocolate bunnies, pickled fish, and all things Easter like the appearance of Hot Cross Buns in our stores. This year, Food Lover’s Market is delighted to bring you five delicious flavours – Traditional, Extra Spicy, Chocolate, With Cranberries and, for those who are not too enamoured with raisins or cranberries, Fruit Free. That Hot Cross craving always wins, especially when they are fresh out the oven!
Did you know that the Food Lover’s Hot Cross Buns are baked fresh daily by our talented bakers in store?! They’re there early in the morning, mixing and kneading to make sure you get the best in fresh Hot Cross Buns! Some more fun facts about the Food Lover’s Hot Cross Buns:
- As we mentioned, we have 5 different variants! Apart from the delicious traditional HCB’s, we know that many people detest fruit in baked goods, or don’t like raisins at all, so we introduced the popular (but untraditional) Fruit Free Hot Cross Buns. For those who have a sweet tooth, get your hands on the Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns. We also offer Extra Spicy or Cranberry Hot Cross Buns.
- Our fruit mix is made in our Dried Fruit Warehouse & Nut Roaster (where we mix our HCB fruit mix, and Christmas cake mix, as well as roast our own nuts!)
- We soak our fruit mix in water overnight to plump them up for the buns, so that they are well distributed and you don’t end up with extra dry buns (NOT one of our variants).
Our HCB’s are baked fresh daily, which means you got to eat them up whilst they are fresh. As you know with extra fresh baked goods, they don’t have the preservatives in them like prepacked goods. If, for some reason, you have left them for too long and they get a bit dry… NO stress – you can turn them into some of the recipes below like Hot Cross Bun & Butter Pudding, French Toast, or even as a crumb or stuffing for a whole chicken!
Here’s sneak peek to some behind the scenes of how our Hot Cross Buns are made in our bakeries:
This year, we got together a panel of avid foodies, and most importantly Hot Cross Bun ENTHUSIASTS to try out each of our flavours, take a look at which they loved most here.
Let’s take note that the traditionalists might feel that these extra variants are an abomination to the spirit of the Hot Cross Bun, which was first created in its current form in English kitchens in the late 1600’s – for the first time introducing spices and sugar from India. However, modern tastes dictate that anything goes and it’s truly a case of the “more the merrier” when it comes to varieties, and these day HOW you eat them! It’s not longer just bread and bun, nor jam & bun…we’re talking HCB french toast, Fried Chicken HCB Sarmie, Hot Cross Bun Smoothie, HCB & Butter pudding! Again, it seems crazy but we’re all about trying new things, and we even tested some innovative recipes created by the legendary Chef Aya with our panel of foodies. Let’s just say that they gave a big YAY, and this Easter – some traditional bun & butter lover’s might be making something new for their Easter feast. Need some proof? Watch this!
There is no judgement on the way you eat your bun. Lashings of butter or the delicious combination of cheese and apricot jam, are not the only ways to eat your bun.
You could make indulgent Hot Cross Bun french toast, topped with vanilla cream and fried bananas. Or why not serve it with fresh figs – currently in season and available in Food Lover’s Market stores – with a decadent squeeze of maple syrup. Try Chef Aya’s Hot Cross French Toast recipe here.
For a spicy, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious take on bread-and-butter pudding, why not substitute sliced bread with hot cross buns. Try our Hot Cross Bun & Butter pudding recipe
Have you tried the popular fried chicken on waffles!? For those who have, you know you love it, and for those who have not and may think it sounds weird…do yourself a favour and try it. ALAS, in the spirit of HCB season, Chef Aya made a simple fried chicken Hot Cross Bun sandwich, topped with Boerenkaas…it got a BIG thumb’s up from our panel of tasters. Want to see how to make it? Watch Chef Aya cook it up here, or get the recipe here!
Too much trouble? We still believe that the tastiest (and simplest) way to eat your bun is to pop a halved hot cross bun in the oven (or microwave) to toast till lightly golden. Slather on some real butter that melts into the bun and enjoy. But YOU tell us how YOU like them…our panelists gave a little thumbs up or down to these quick Q’s…give it a try and tag @foodloversmarket.
Look out for more tips, tricks and Hot Cross Bun delights!