Hot Cross Buns can be found everywhere around this time of the year. At Easter time you see these mouth-watering glazed buns crossed with sweet icing in every bakery and supermarket. It seems like for a short period Hot Cross Buns have taken over. In keeping with our philosophy that homemade is best made, here is a quick and simple Hot Cross Bun recipe for the whole family to try. You may even have this favourite Easter snack during the year if you choose to do so. If you have a recipe that you would like to share with Sweet TnT Magazine and the rest of the world, send it to email@example.com
Estimated preparation time: 30
Estimated cook time: 20 minutes
Ingredients for Hot Cross Buns
4 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons yeast
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
½ cup dried raisins
½ cup dried currants
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup warm whole milk
2 teaspoons water
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons whole milk
Directions for Hot Cross Buns
Add warm milk and yeast to a small bowl, then stir.
Combine eggs, butter, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest, essence, yeast mixture and 3 cups flour in a large bowl; then beat on medium speed until smooth.
Stir in raisins, currants and remaining flour to form a soft sticky dough.
Turn onto a floured surface, knead until dough is smooth and elastic for 6-8 minutes.
Place in a bowl, turning once to grease the top.
Cover with cloth and let rise until doubled for 1 hour.
Preheat oven at 350 degrees F.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
Stir granulated sugar and water in a small bowl.
Glaze top of buns with sugar and water mixture.
Mix confectioners’ sugar and milk in a small bowl until thick.
Pipe a cross with the icing on top of each bun.
Serve Hot Cross Buns with Passion Fruit Drink, Sorrel Drink or Guava Drink (see recipes).
March 2018 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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A green banana casserole is a tasty cheesy dish that completes any meal on a Sunday. With very few ingredients and a whole lot of cheese you can whip up a magnificent green banana casserole in no time for your whole family. Try this simple recipe for lunch which is a healthier alternative to the traditional Sunday macaroni casserole which can wreck havoc on a low carb diet. If you are diabetic this recipe could help you maintain a healthy blood sugar level and still have your comfort food.
1 bunch (hand) green bananas, boiled and peeled
2 eggs (optional)
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup melted butter
8 oz New Zealand Cheddar Cheese, grated
2 pimento peppers
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut up and mash the boiled bananas in a bowl, mix in all the ingredients, but only half of the cheese.
Spread evenly into a casserole dish, add the remainder of the cheese to the top of your casserole.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
Goes well with your traditional Sunday lunch or dinner. See pics below for how to make the perfect Green Banana Casserole as well as a serving suggestion.
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February 2018 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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