Sunday, March 31, 2013

HOT CROSS BUNS~ NO APRIL FOOL



It's been a really nice break for the month of March.  I've enjoyed reading, baking, quilting, visiting with family and friends, a trip to the Zoo with the grand kids and a few walks through Desconso Gardens.  But I'm back and excited to have a fresh start and outlook for my blogging.

One of the things I wanted to do this year for Good Friday was make Hot Cross Buns from scratch!  There is a video at Joy of Cooking.com that shows you each step and it made my challenge to make them so much easier.

Finding that putting towels in the dryer and getting it nice and warm, is the perfect place to let your yeast dough rise if you don't have a warm place in your house.  It was so fun to see mine turn out just like the ones in the video.  They really taste good too.  I didn't use the dried mixed citrus fruit, but used golden raisins and dried apricots instead.  I really liked the flavor.  I think I've just started a Good Friday Tradition!

I trust all of you had a good March.  I'll be over to visit and catch up! 

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  1. They look good Wanda, save one for me!!!!

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    1. They were wonderful, if I do say so myself. Using a video to help me through the many steps helped.

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  2. welcome back sweet Wanda, you hot cross buns look amazing! Sounds like a wonderful month you've had.

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    1. Oh Laurie, it was a wonderful break... but I so ready to get back to my blogging friends. Missed you all so much!!

      I would offer you a hot cross bun, but they dissapeared...my son and his family finished them off. HaHa

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  3. I've missed you. Your Hot Cross Buns look fabulous! I've always thought I should have an Easter baking tradition, but so far I don't. Maybe next time. :)

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    1. Martha, Martha ~~ I've missed you too. It was a good break...but so glad to be back to share and visit my dear blog friends.

      If my Hot Cross Buns had been a flop, I probably would try again...but it turned out to be so fun and rewarding. Looking forward to making them again....Don said do we have to wait till next Easter..HaHa.

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    2. Maybe just save the "crosses" for Easter?

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    3. Good idea, then I could just call them Don's Hot Buns...haha. Sorry...bad joke! Guess I'm back!

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  4. You are very courageous to bake buns ! I am far too lazy for that. March hasn't been a good month, we were both sick, the weather is awfully cold and spring moved probably to the North Pole !

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    1. The video made the difference. I'm a visual learner, and watching her each step really made it easy. I loved the end result.

      So sorry you month was lousy and you were sick. Let's hope April will be a super good month for you.

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  5. Welcome back! Glad to hear you enjoyed your break. I've never baked anything with yeast. I'm so impatient when it comes to making stuff. Have a great week. Tammy

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    1. When I was raising kids and working full time, I never tried yeast anything...but now being retired, its fun to try new things, and I LOVE the smell of yeast breads.

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  6. I'm so happy to see you back after your break.
    I really missed you.
    Hot Cross Buns sounds so delicious.
    I didn't have any time to make anything for the Easter season but we had a lovely dinner at Lynne's home after church yesterday.
    Next on the agenda...the pile of laundry from Mexico...

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    1. Hi my dear Sue! Missed you too, but needed this break. Sure your trip to Mexico was wonderful and fulfilling. Looks like Tahoe is out for the Spring, but hopefully we'll have the opportunity to get it in the Fall. We will be coming through in June for Jill's baby...hopefully we can see you then. Wish I was there to help you with the laundry!!!

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  7. I have missed you, Wanda. The buns sound wonderful; I would love the addition of apricots, too. To catch you up, we will be moving toward the end of April.
    I hope you have a very nice week.

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    1. Thanks for the update. Is it a "big" move across the country or a short move? Had a great break, but so nice to be back blogging and visiting my friends.

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  8. They look perfect! It is so good to see you back. Glad you had a wonderful break doing all that you enjoy.

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    1. Hi Nonnie ~ it was a wonderful break and we did enjoy it, but so nice to be back.

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  9. Good to see you back. Seems I spend more time at Facebook then I do on the blogs anymore. But I do try to keep up with a few of them. Glad you had a nice time off. The hot cross buns look delicious, with a cup of hot cocoa with whipped cream topping on the cocoa. We have a small restaurant here in town, that whips their own cream to top their hot cocoa, it's so good. Again, welcome back.

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    1. Hi Patty ~ Yes fb is a little easier to manage, but I do love sharing on the blog too. The break was nice, but I was anxious to get back to my blog friends.

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  10. They look soooooo Yummmmmmy! I don't have the patience to make breads, etc out of yeast Once I get to going in the kitchen whipping something up I like to get it going into the oven as soon as possible.

    I love those red tulip flowers in your banner, they are so pretty too.

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    1. I'm a sucker for living in my kitchen, haha.

      The tulips are from one of my walks in Desconso Gardens.

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  11. They look delicious Wanda! Glad to see you back. :-)

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    1. There were good...thanks...good to be back.

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  12. YUMMY!!! Those look delicious :)!

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