If you think hot cross buns are reserved for buns, and bread and only in the form of sugary crosses made from icing sugar and milk, I have a big surprise for you. Maybe it’s a good surprise. The kind where you loved hot cross buns growing up and they would take you back to Easter breakfast at grandma’s where they were fresh and homemade and reserved for this special day and special occasion, and you wanted to put it on repeat 16 times over.
Put on repeat how authentic the buns were and that they weren’t mass-produced or showing up in stores 3 months before easter and that they had just good, wholesome ingredients that tasted fresh and that weren’t full of any not-good-for-you ingredients.
Or on the same note, maybe this is not a good surprise, because come hot cross bun season, you are incorrigible. One hot cross bun isn’t enough, two isn’t enough, three is almost there, but 1 for every meal and a snack is more like what you are after.
At least if that’s you, you can do that a little more guilt free with this version.
Because this version combines the authentic, wholesome good for you ingredients part with the no icing sugar involved part, with the raisins and spices and crosses part just like grandma used to have.
But it takes it one step further, making it a little more original and creating, not buns, but bread! And muffins! Buns are such old news, and everybody is making hot cross buns. So why not make hot cross bread. Or hot cross mini muffins. Because everything is better in miniature form.
And with these mini breads, and mini muffins, with the delicious cashew cream crosses and spiced dough, you can be sure that you won’t be missing the traditional bun part at all. In fact, you might even like this new take on hot cross . . . goods.
I might be biased, but given that these are made with whole grain flour and no refined sugar and that they have crosses made out of this creamy, gooey, smooth cashew topping, that I want to eat by the spoonful and dip back in again and again, I feel like these have far outdone any store-bought hot cross item. I think all it will take is you to have one of these little mini treats, with icing dripping down the sides, or to pop one of the mini muffins into your mouth all in one bite because you can’t resist and you might just be convinced as well.
And if you still aren’t into it, put the batter into big muffin tins, fill them half full and you’ll have hot cross buns. But trust me, you’ll be sad you’re missing the miniature part of the equation . . .