Saturday, 16 March 2013

Hop to it!

With Easter just around the corner I thought I had better hop to it and get in the mood.

I must admit it has crept up on me this year as I have only just cracked my first Red Tulip caramel egg! My next most favourite thing about this time of the year is the hot cross buns. While I was researching recipes I came across one for Hot Cross Muffins. What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon, especially as I have been procrastinating about the usual weekend tasks...?

This is what my little kitchen helper and I did.


1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cubed butter
1/4 cup orange juice and some orange zest
1/2 cup sultanas or raisins
1/2 cup milk or yoghurt
1 egg
2 cups self raising flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice


1. In a bowl sift together the flour and spices

2. Melt butter with sugar, orange juice, zest and fruit over a low heat

3. Whisk the milk and eggs into the butter mixture and then stir, gently, into the flour mixture

4. Spoon into muffin cases and bake at 180 C for 15 minutes

5. When cool make the cross with melted white chocolate or white icing

(Makes 12-15 muffins)

Warning: I did have to barricade the kitchen to let them cool enough and get a cross on them before they were snapped up. Delicious!
Hope you are having a creative and relaxing weekend too.
Kate xx

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  1. So pretty Kate...and so yummy! These look great. Really can it be Easter already? I haven't even thought about Easter Bunny business yet, perhaps I need to start making some plans :)

    1. me too Jane! I am wishing I lived near a Haigh's shop about now.

  2. I think I will try to make some this week, look delicious. I could almost smell them.

  3. I have had an order (from the lunchbox brigade) for more this week!


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