Before I started writing this I was wondering why I made hot cross buns. Obviously Easter played a huge part in it but there was another reason, a lot of involved cooking I do is always destined for the blog and the blog played a big part in my decision to make these. Easter aside the reason I wanted to make these was so I had something sweet to photograph on top of the lovely antique cake stand my girlfriend got for her birthday recently. Alas it's only just dawned on me that that was the reason and so the photographs are without the lovely cake stand.
Looking around at recipes they went from the very plain to the quite rich looking. I settled upon one from the richer end of the spectrum - from Nigella's Feast book. This differed from most by using a combination of milk and melted butter for the liquid along with the addition of some cardamom and ginger.