Been quite busy really the last few days.
On Thursday I decided to make some Hot Cross Buns.
[Now this third cycle of the chemo is not much fun and I am struggling a bit so don’t be surprised that things I have been making are not up to my usual standard that is rather far from perfection anyway!]
I decided to use the food processor to save time and effort and therefore to make my usual dozen in two lots. One all white flour, with sharing with my son in mind, and one lot my normal half and half.
I had a bit of a hiccup with the first (white) ones as I forgot all about the sugar until I had mixed in the fruit. So not wanting to leave it out I them added some and kneaded it in.
You can see the resulting buns have a slightly uneven look.
I have yet to master making the crosses perfectly and although I made a cross shaped dent in the buns before piping on the flour and water cross, which I think is an improvement, I decided the mixture was too runny!
Cooked They look a bit odd but do taste okay.
The second time I remembered the sugar! But I added more flour to the piping mixture and this time it was too thick and didn’t want to let go of the piping nozzle!
Cooked they look a bit more respectable and also taste fine, though have a firmer texture than shop ones, that I like. Is this ambiguous? I mean I prefer the home made ones!
I bought lots of Easter Eggs for family members but one person doesn’t like chocolate, (I know how can you not like chocolate!),
so I made them a Celtic Coaster in colours I though they would like. Previously I had made them some bunting. Looking at it now (writing this post in advance on Friday!) I didn’t realise I had used red as well. When I made the coaster I thought the purple was the best colour to blend with the other three. So I pulled out the purple strip and replaced it with a red one. Personally, from an aesthetic point of view, I prefer the purple but this hopefully will co-ordinate with the bunting and so be much better!