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Apricot, cranberry and cardamom hot cross buns

‘… if you have no daughters, give them to your sons…’ At this time of year it is possible to buy hot cross buns anywhere – but I think there is nothing better than freshly made ones!

Warm cross dough

Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Jeremy Strode in Good Living 2011
Makes: 12 large or 24 small buns


  • Stand mixer & dough hook
  • Bowls – large, small
  • Measuring – ½ teaspoon, tablespoon
  • Small saucepan
  • Fork
  • Spatula
  • Plastic wrap & baking paper
  • Large baking tray
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Small snap lock bags
  • Scissors
  • Pastry brush
  • Serving plates

  • 20g dried yeast
  • 100g caster sugar plus a pinch
  • 100g butter at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 500g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g apricots
  • 50g dried cranberries


  • 90g self-raising flour
  • 10g skim milk powder


  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar

What to do:

The dough mixture:

  • Mix yeast with 200ml warm water & pinch of sugar in a small bowl and leave in a warm place for 5 minutes to activate.
  • Chop the apricots.
  • Place butter, salt, cardamom, the rest of the sugar and the plain flour in the mixer and combine.
  • Add eggs and yeast mixture and beat until smooth.
  • Add apricots and when combined, leave in a warm place for 1 to 1½ hours to double in size.

Start of lesson:

  • Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Punch dough down to its original size. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide into 12 even portions. Shape each portion into a ball. Place balls onto baking paper-lined tray so that the balls just touch. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place to prove for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  • Whilst the buns are proving you can make the next dough mixture (above) for the next class.
  • After the 30 minutes is up, mix self-raising flour, milk powder and 100ml water together in a small bowl until smooth. Spoon into a small snap-lock bag. Snip off a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag. Pipe flour paste over tops of buns to form crosses. Bake for 20 minutes until buns are cooked through.
  • Meanwhile make the glaze: Place 1/3-cup water and sugar into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Brush warm glaze over warm hot cross buns. Divide among serving plates – slicing if needed – & then eat!

Notes: If you have no skim milk powder for the crosses then the self-raising flour will work with milk or even water!

Hot cross bunsters

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Kitchen Garden news – 1st April 2013

Well goodness me, I was so busy with class preparations, the school Easter Hat Parade, travelling to the south coast to visit Granny for her birthday and my lovely aunt Rose & Uncle Paul, and planning Olly’s birthday extravaganza (!) that I completely forgot to write my news for the newsletter last week…!

I also forgot the wine, cheese & dips at home in the fridge and the kids’ back-bubbles for swimming (as well as clean underwear, but that’s another story) so I’m going with the flow now and purposefully trying not to stress about it all… and hoping that it’s not just old age (or young riesling) kicking in…

Spot the double-yolker!

So anyway – on to what’s been happening! We thought we might have had a quieter fortnight this menu than the last Chinese Banquet one… but no! We pushed the boundaries yet again and had everyone cooking up a feast every lesson… on Wednesday morning’s class we found a double-yolker too! What better miracle of food life is there than an egg with too yolks? So we poached it and plopped it into an Autumn salad with poached eggs & creamy tarragon and landcress mayo… We kneaded dough & sliced spuds for Potato and rosemary pizza, and whizzed up one of our favourites: Ottolenghi’s hummus with our Rosemary and thyme grissini and Crudités, and rolled out superfine Handmade linguine with Rocket and basil pesto. And then to finish – of course we had to squeeze in some freshly baked Apricot, cranberry and cardamom hot cross buns just in time for Easter!

Ottolenghi’s hummus

Rosemary & thyme grissini, crudites

And the result? Clean plates – poor chooks – and happy kids! We had some very wonderful comments – and also some beautiful manners and sharing from, in particular, my lunch compadres in Year 3 one Wednesday arvo. Delicious, delicious!

Handmade linguine, rocket & basil pesto

All the other recipes will be up here in the next few days – and even perhaps the one for Banoffee Pie that Olly requested for his 4th party! Mmmmmmmm… Watch this space!

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