For many, Hot Cross Buns are a big part of Easter. For others, myself included, Hot Cross Buns are just a sweet roll that springs up around Easter. But these buns are deeply symbolic for Catholics on many levels; from the day they are served, the spices used and the crosses over the top. I love the idea that the recipe is so curated and symbolic, each ingredient has a reason to be there. Nowadays, all too often, it seems foods are mashed together in some crazy combo and end up looking more like a cardiac dare than thoughtful recipe.
I’ve actually never made Hot Cross Buns and the more I read about the symbolic history behind them, the more important it became to find a traditional recipe. My friend Paul came over for an Easter baking session and shared with me this Hot Cross Bun recipe from Delia Online. It is a basic recipe without any gimmicky ingredients (I’m looking at you bacon) or man vs. food type of challenges. It’s just a classic recipe for a traditional holiday.
These Hot Cross Buns have fragrant spices that balance beautifully with the subtly sweet rolls. The recipe calls for candied orange peel and I was lucky enough to have leftover candied cardamom spiced Ojai Pixie peel from a recipe I made a few days earlier. The candied peel gave the rolls a bright flavor and lovely texture.
Sometimes it can be fun to buck tradition but when a recipe is so perfectly curated, it just seems silly to mess with it. I highly recommend this Hot Cross Bun Recipe from Delia Online this Easter and I have a feeling it’s become a new tradition in this household.