Personally, I’ve always been a fan of tangy & sour things over out-and-out sweetness. I used to pour a lot of my pocket money into Astro Belts and Wham bars (and if you’re not in the UK and didn’t grow up in the eighties, then I’m afraid you’re simply going to have to miss out on this sweet-sour nostalgia); so, when I figured that hot cross buns would be a perfect Easter recipe (because HEY IT’S EASTER! And I bet I am literally the only person writing a hot-cross bun recipe right now and no one else has even thought of it), I wanted something with a little more bite to it. And so: Marmalade Hot Cross Buns! And not just that, but as a bonus you get an entire bonus recipe for homemade sugar-free marmalade.
Despite the fact that you’re basically making bread, this is both easy and quick. And I should know – I made two batches two days in a row. But only because I made a minor slip with the the first batch and, whilst the tasted perfect, they photogenically looked more like Ron Howard’s brother (sorry Clint). So I baked a whole other batch just for pretty photos.
So now that you’re feeling like my special precious snowflake: LET’S GET OUR BUNS IN THE OVEN.
For the buns
For the marmalade
For the buns
For the marmalade
Once your buns are cooled, slice them open with a bread knife, then slather in butter and your fresh homemade marmalade, and devour it, just the way that terrifying rabbit with a basket full of chocolate intended. Happy Easter!
Lawrie is a web developer and semi-reluctant fitness enthusiast who wants to have his cake and eat it too. When not baking cakes (or websites), he is endeavouring to find the holy grail: a perfect sweetener for his tea. Follow @indextwo for selfies and bakesies.
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