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hot cross buns

14 April, 2017

Easter is such a wonderful time of the year. The weather is in that sweet spot of being cool, but not too cold, you get to enjoy a much-needed break after the whirlwind of the first quarter of the year, you get to spend time with family and friends, and you get a legitimate excuse to binge on seafood, chocolate and hot cross buns.

Although our Easter traditions have changed substantially over the past few years, our hot cross bun fest on Good Friday has remained consistent.

It continues to astound me that hot cross buns show up in supermarkets on Boxing Day now. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love them. But, I feel as though having them in the shops so early is just a little preemptive – and eating them so far before Easter just doesn’t feel quite right. For months, whenever we have gone to Woolworths close to closing time, we have been tempted by the marked down hot cross buns to freeze for the huge number of hot cross bun related activities we inevitably participate in. But with freezer space limited, we’ve put it off, waiting to go back closer to Easter to get our marked down goods.

Well, that was the plan at least. Until Woolworths ruined everything with their precision baking. The first two nights I tried to go down this week there were none left (except for full price packets of mocha hot cross buns, which was never going to happen – seriously, mocha? Fruit all the way.).  And on the third? There was an abundance of hot cross buns left, but not a single one was marked down. We loitered the shops for almost an hour waiting, but nothing. Not even a slight reduction. BBQ chickens were half price, but for some reason, they decided that day old hot cross buns were an ok thing. On principle, we left and went back the next day where we finally admit defeat. Well played Woolworths, well played.  

We paid the full price for all our hot cross buns this year. Which is actually pretty symbolic if you think about it.

It’s going to be a big, fun-filled weekend ahead. A time to reflect, reconnect, and recalibrate. Not to mention reconsider not currently having a gym membership. 

Whatever you are doing this over the Easter weekend, I hope that it is truly wonderful.

Happy Easter All!

Do you like hot cross buns? What is your favourite type? Please share in the comments below.

xx Liz





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  • Reply Claire B. 16 April, 2017 at 2:05 am

    I’ve never had a hot cross bun before! But they look really yummy. Happy Easter to you and your family, Liz! xx

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 18 April, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      I can’t believe you’ve never had one — You will definitely have to change that! I hope that you had a wonderful Easter. xx

  • Reply Megan 16 April, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Fruit hot cross buns, and only fruit are acceptable in my opinion. I’m going to try make my own today but we also found the nicest ones from a bakery in town. Happy Easter Liz!

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law 17 April, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I miss real doughy hot cross buns – but luckily I managed to find some half decent gluten free ones this year!

    Just before I found out I had coeliac, I fell in love with chocolate hot cross buns after thinking they were the most disgusting thing in the world for years prior – so I’ve really got to try making a homemade version!

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