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Hot Cross Bun FAIL

April 15, 2014

The tag line for this blog is “tales of triumph and disaster in the kitchen”, so in the interests of transparency I’m going to show you my latest flop.

I tried to make Brioche Hot Cross Buns from my latest copy of the Simple Things Magazine (Christmas subscription present and I love it). I had decided to make them a dark chocolate chunk and cranberry version and I knew I had limited amount of time in the morning before I had to dash out to a hen do.

I left them on a timer for their second rise and to bake. I realise on the way to the tube that I’d forgotten to put the cross on them. They didn’t rise and they overbaked. This resulted in some very solid, dry bits of “bread” with the occasionally moment of choc-chunk relief. Mr B insisted that they tasted fine, but on having one later in the day when they had cooled politely said “maybe they were better hot out of the oven”.

Not hot, not crossed and not buns. Bin-time for these boys.

ps. some did get eaten with custard / raided for the cranberries and choc so they weren’t entirely wasted. I would have made bread pudding or something if we’d been in for tea.

Hot crossed brioche buns

Rock buns


6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2014 7:46 pm

    I have just managed to make traditional hot cross buns, third time lucky! The first time I decided to make cinnamon swirl loaf instead and that was a fail all of its own: it had to be made into bread and butter pudding. And the second time I didn’t have any mixed spice or candied peel… Am just about to try today’s – they look ok so am hopeful! Good luck with yours if you try again!

  2. April 17, 2014 2:49 pm

    I am not normally successful with hot cross buns either. Baking is not my speciality. I say as today I am making a healthy cake….

    • April 17, 2014 2:50 pm

      Well, let me know how it goes! Baking is fun even when it doesn’t work. You can always make bread and butter pudding / cake pops / something else out of the fails 🙂

  3. April 18, 2014 11:54 am

    This is certainly what would have happened to me if I had attempted them. I love Mr B’s tact and honesty.


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