Sweet, cinnamon-scented, sticky hot cross buns… what could be better?
Not much, it’s true. But perhaps, just perhaps, this quince, currant and cinnamon version might give the traditional Easter bun a run for its money.
My mum makes the best hot cross buns (I’m biased, it’s true, but really, she does). She uses an old Nursing Mother’s Association recipe, and it’s pretty hard to beat.
These buns are based on her recipe, but with a few tweaks –
roasted quince, orange zest and plump little currants add the perfect autumnal twist to the classic hot cross bun.
I love quinces, so really this was just an excuse to eat more of them, but I must say it works really well – the sticky baked quince adds a lovely fruity sweetness and another pop of flavour to the already delicious cinnamony buns. Eaten with a thick slather of butter and accompanied by a big cup of hot tea, these weren’t too bad at all.
Wishing you all a very happy and safe Easter weekend – filled with lots of hot cross buns, tea, chocolate and sleep-ins. Oh yes!