Thursday, April 09, 2009

Lemon & Dried Blueberry Hot Cross Buns

I couldn't be bothered making Easter cookies, even though I have to donate some baking to the SPCA bake sale on Saturday, but luckily I came across a new food blog, Living in the Kitchen with Puppies, that had the perfect solution: Hot Cross Buns.

I'm ho-hum on Hot Cross Buns. My mom loves them, but I'm not a fan of the dried fruit that goes into them. Natashya had a great recipe up for Magazine Mondays that caught my eye and really appealed to me, Lemon Currant Hot Cross Buns. Except I'm not huge on currants.

Enter the dried blueberry, which I happened upon by accident recently at my local overpriced grocery store. I thought this recipe would be the perfect opportunity to try them out. Man, 1 1/2 cups cost me nearly $6.00! I nearly choked at the cashier. But I decided to buy them anyways, and when I got them home and tasted them, I found I liked them better than fresh blueberries. I substituted them for the currants in the Hot Cross Bun recipe and it worked out brilliantly.

The dough, as it rose, smelled completely amazing, and as they baked, my roommate said she could smell them outside as she hacked away at our snowbank in the front yard. I did make the mistake of not decreasing my oven temperature for the glass pan, so my buns were a little overbaked, but the end result was marvelous. These are the best Hot Cross Buns ever!

I didn't pipe on the white icing, but rather drizzled it on in a cross-like pattern, letting the icing drip where it may. I took the pan for dinner at my dad's last night and these were a huge hit.

Thanks Natashya!

10 comments:

Borderline Lil said...

Good Lord, WC, these look amazing!! I just had a store bought choc chip hot cross bun but now I want some of your Lemon & dried blueberry. Yummo!

Coleen's Recipes said...

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL...these look amazing.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a delicious combo! These Hot Cross Buns lookn fantastic and so smooth!

Happy Easter!

Cheers,

Rosa

Van Santos said...

Oh, wow, this look sinfully good! I was never a major fan of them in the past either, but they look great...

Natashya said...

They look awesome! What a great, deep colour you got on the tops. Good call on the dried blueberries, they sound like the perfect choice.

Joie de vivre said...

Man alive! Those look amazing!

Elyse said...

Mmm, those hot cross buns look totally delicious. I love your use of the dried blueberries. They're such a great find!

Donna-FFW said...

Fantastic, these look fantastic and soo delicious.. hey can I call you WC also?

Wandering Coyote said...

Donna: sure you can call me WC!

adventureswiththewoods said...

Dang these look great! Nice twist on the original by using the dried blueberries.

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