The inspiration for this recipe comes in two parts.
Meeta had told me about the hot cross buns she made a couple of days ago, on chat, and she enticed me with a gorgeous photo (that’s not a surprise anyway) of the same. At that point, I just thought, ‘wow’ with no intention of making them whatsoever. Then, Saturday morning, I decided to bake some good bread to take to friends we were visiting later that evening. I thought Foccasia would be a good idea. Although I’ve made a Potato Rosemary Foccasia earlier on, I wanted to try something new, which took me to Haalo’s blog. I clearly remembered that she had blogged about a beautiful foccasia bread quite a while ago, the pictures i’d seen then were clearly embedded in my mind.
One thing lead to another, and I was looking at some utterly cute hot cross buns This made me change my mind and go for the buns instead. Also, Good Friday being round the corner, it felt like a good idea.
Since I was making these for the first time, I decided to read up on some otherblogger notes, about making them. Most recipes pointed to the recipe on the BBC Food website or the Delia Smith recipe, and the former clearly being the more popular one. I managed to combine Haalo’s recipe with some techniques in the BBC recipe, replacing the eggs with flaxseed meal, to make vegetarian hot cross buns.
It was fun to do this project- A perfectly relaxed Saturday morning, with hubby at work and me smelling the yeast and cinnamon in the house – better than visiting a spa!