But when I saw this recipe from King Arthur Flour for hot cross buns yesterday, my heart gave a little handspring. Easter! Spring! Ample, plump buns studded with candied fruit nuggets and raisins, and that X of white, sugary frosting on top that always seems to be the first to go.
I made them last night , then packed and delivered them this morning to Izzie and Frankie ( and their Moms), and even snuck half of one to Kitchee the nanny-dog. Even with the forecast of snow again, the day is feeling a whole lot sunnier.
The recipe is here, and it couldn't be easier. I was surprised the buns didn't rise very much, even with yeast AND baking powder - I would probably give them an extra half hour to see if that would plump them up a little. They have a very tender crumb and just enough spice. Even though the icing was thick, it liquified and drizzled once piped onto the buns, but it still tasted as delicious as I remember.
Have a wonderful weekend!