It wouldn’t be Easter without hot cross buns.
Chocolate and hot cross buns are two of my favourite foods, so it makes sense to combine them into one delicious treat, right?
Hmm, not really. Because honestly, whoever thought chocolate hot cross buns were a good idea needs to sit on the naughty step and contemplate the error of their ways.
As for salted caramel hot cross buns? A travesty. White chocolate and raspberry? No thanks. Give me a good old-fashioned bun any day.
Unfortunately, though, Covid-19 restrictions mean my favourite bakery is closed. Fortunately, the Panasonic SD-ZP 2000KST breadmaker is doing a sterling job in my kitchen at home.
As well as hot cross buns, I’ve made colomba Pasqual (an Italian Easter treat similar to panettone). I'll also try my hand at other Easter breads such as Kulich (from Russia), choereg (from Armenia), and potica (from Slovenia).
If fruit breads aren’t your jam, you could bake a cake. You’ll have to mix the batter by hand, but you could probably let the breadmaker do the actual baking.
Recipe from Panasonic's The Ideas Kitchen.
1 ½ tsp yeast
450g strong white flour
½ tsp salt
2 tsp mixed spice
1 medium egg
150g mixed dried fruit
50g plain flour
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp caster sugar
You could knead the dough by hand, but getting it just right can be tricky. With a breadmaker, though, measuring the ingredients is as fiddly as it gets.
Breadmakers aren’t essential items, so you won’t be able to buy one immediately. Still, take advantage of the shopping hiatus to research your options. An excellent place to start is with our buying guide and test results.
Whatever you decide, the Consumer team wishes you a hoppy Easter!