I love hot cross buns. I use to get so excited when this time of year came round and out all the hot cross buns would come. But in recent years the demand for these delicious spiced buns has increased and now you can get them almost all year round. As a child we always use to eat them toasted. But while I was at university I found a bakery that made the most delicious fresh out the oven ones that I could easily eat more than one. (or two even) in one go! Sadly I discovered I was allergic to cinnamon and my hot cross bun eating came to a sudden stop! But one Easter I could just not go with out another one, so I decided to make my own. Boy was it a long and painful experience and the end result was not great at all. So I decided it was time to mourn the loss and move on. But last year I spent Easter in Australia and discovered choc-chip mini hot cross bus! Delicious! If you are in Australia and reading this, pop into Coles and eat one for me. After that I just had to try a traditional one. I knew the consequences could be quiet bad but I was going to try it anyway. But after studying the list of ingredients I found they did not contain cinnamon after all! Hooray! But this Easter I am not going to be down under and the thought of no hot cross buns saddened me. Luckily I found the solution in Waitrose! They make two different types of hot cross buns with no cinnamon! So I have been enjoying hot cross buns again. But I still think I am missing out as cinnamon really makes a hot cross bun.
(If you can recommend a hot cross bun recipe I’d love to hear about it as I have no given up on the idea, of trying my own again, completely.)