Friday, April 22, 2011

Hot cross buns

When I was a girl, I abhorred dried fruits in baked goods, especially raisins or currants. When I visited England for the first time at age 11, I was dismayed to find that every tea room we visited only offered fruit scones. At last, on our final day in London, I found civilization -- a.k.a. The Ritz -- where one was given a choice of currant or plain scones!

hot cross buns

(Since those days I've gotten over my pickiness and I even like the extra sweetness raisins provide in Irish soda bread and hot cross buns.)


  1. I feel the same way! I don't mind lemon scones, or even orange biscotti...but I don't think I'll ever enjoy fruit cake ; )

  2. Lovely bun, Laura. And plate, too. I have two recipes for the hot cross buns - one has mashed potato in it. I think I'll make the other one (I was thinking of making them for Easter).

  3. How interesting, Lisa -- I've never heard of a mashed potato variant. I hope your baking was a success!

  4. That bun looks really professional! (And the plate looks really British :)). Do you have a recipe for the bun? I am sure it is tasty!

    This Good Life

  5. P.S. How did you find Afternoon Tea at the Ritz? I read mixed reviews. I enjoyed a lovely Afternoon Tea at the nearby Brown's Hotel instead (but then again, I am lucky enough to live in London :).

  6. TGL, as a matter of fact, I believe the plate was made in England. :) The recipe is one I printed off the Internet last year and I'm not sure where I found it. I think I will be trying a different one next year as I found these buns to be a bit dry.

    I haven't been back to the Ritz for tea since that experience 16 years ago, so I don't remember much about it. I mostly remember being bowled over by the ladies' bathroom -- so large and grand! LOL. I'd love to go back sometime. You are indeed fortunate to be living in London! :)