The Stylist team reveal how they’ll be having their hot cross buns this Easter.
When you wake up this Friday (19 April), will your mind wander to the thought of a doughy, sultana-scattered bun smothered in salted butter?
Traditionally, hot cross buns are reserved for Good Friday to mark the end of Lent, but 20 million are sold during Easter week in the UK. As a nation, we love them.
The standard recipe involves strong bread flour, full fat milk, butter and yeast, with sultanas, mixed peel and a dash of cinnamon. But in recent weeks, elderflower and matcha flavoured variations have made their way into the Stylist office, to mixed responses (delight and horror).
It got us talking – and debating – so here are our cherished hot cross bun rules and rituals…
I eat mine… very lightly toasted. You have to outsmart the toaster and be quick on the eject button. Add salty butter. The end. Those weird new flavours of hot cross bun are a waste of my time. Keep it simple.
Best bun: M&S Luxury Hot Cross Buns (£1.50, marksandspencer.com)
Photography and specials director
I eat mine… as a bacon sandwich. Not crispy bacon, though. It should be thick and soft. Add butter and classic Heinz ketchup – and I might even mop up some of the fat from the bacon pan using the bun.
Best bun: Konditor & Cook (£6.50, konditorandcook.com)
I eat mine… with crunchy peanut butter. Cinnamon, sultanas and peanuts shouldn’t work, but somehow it really does. Don’t judge until you’ve tried it, people.
Best bun: Lidl Deluxe (99p, lidl.co.uk)
Executive Editor Digital
I eat mine… extra fruity. I love the blueberry flavour from M&S served toasted and buttered with plenty of jam. Basically: the sweeter, the better.
Best bun: M&S Blueberry Hot Cross Buns (£1.50, marksandspencer.com)
Acting Production Editor
I eat mine… toasted with a slab of cheddar cheese. Honestly, it’s like an amazing cheese roll.
Best bun: Any bun will do but a good quality, really strong, crumbly cheddar is essential.
I eat mine… as they come. Not toasted, not buttered – BUT they have to be fresh. And no weird flavours like choc orange. I’m a purist.
Best bun: Gail’s Bakery (£1.60 each, gailsbread.co.uk)