Hot Cross Muffins | Pika Chakula

Hot Cross Muffins

2013-03-16

Bored with chocolate eggs? Deliver these baked treats on Easter morning instead, and you’ll be more popular than you-know-who.

Ingredients:

  • 135g dried cranberries
  • 1 cup (150g) currants
  • 2 1/2 cups (375g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup (165ml) sunflower oil
  • 1 cup (250ml) buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g caster sugar, plus extra 2 tbs
  • 80g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Method:

Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 12-hole muffin tray and line with paper cases.

Soak dried fruit in just enough boiling water to cover for 10 minutes. Drain well, then pat dry with paper towel.

Sift the flour, soda and spices into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, buttermilk, eggs and sugar until combined. Add to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Gently stir in the fruit. Divide the mixture among muffin cases, then bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, place the extra 2 tbs sugar in a pan with 2 tbs water and simmer over low heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Brush the glaze over the muffins.

Sift icing sugar into a bowl. Add lemon juice and just enough hot water to make a thick, pipable icing. Use a piping bag or drizzle from a spoon to draw a cross on each muffin, then serve.

These are an easy alternative to hot cross buns, aromatic with sweet bun spices and decorated with a quick cross made of drizzled icing. Cranberries are not at all conventional, of course, but I love the little bursts of flavour they add. Use whatever combination of dried fruit you prefer.

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Mak Sultan on Mar 16, 2013

    I feel like buying and preparing lots of food today and absolutely gorging myself. I just want to eat for the sake of eating.

    Needless to say, I’m having an odd day.

  2. posted by Harry on Mar 16, 2013

    IT WAS ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY IN THE CHALLENGE
    NOT PAIN SUCRE’……….THANKS THOUGH…………..IT WAS ONE LONG WORD
    it was Viennoiserie …thank you so much!!!

  3. posted by supernerd567 on Mar 16, 2013

    My family, and I have decided to create a business at ebay creating miniature doll food in the 1:12 scale using Japanese clay. So far we’re doing pretty well with the miniatures, but I can’t say we’re professionals at it yet. But still they are nicely detailed miniatures, and I was wondering if everyone could tell me if they would be willing to pay for them if they were avid doll collector’s, and such.

    The pictures didn’t come out too well since I had to take them using a net sharing cam, but when I get my digital camera working I will take better pictures. But just for now, here they are, and their prices. Don’t forget to comment please, and thank you.

    Pictures Of Miniatures:

    http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c157/tasukilover/MiniatureFood005-1.jpg
    http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c157/tasukilover/MiniatureFood006-1.jpg
    http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c157/tasukilover/MiniatureFood007-1.jpg
    http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c157/tasukilover/MiniatureFood009-1.jpg
    http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c157/tasukilover/MiniatureFood011-1.jpg

    Prices:

    White Loaf Bread/Sandwich Loaf – $3.99
    Sourdough Loaf – $3.99
    Muffins – 4 for $2.99
    Biscuits – 6 for $3.29
    White Mountain Bread – 4 for $2.99
    Butter – 2 sticks for $2.99
    Baguette – $1.99
    Hot Cross Bun – 2 for $2.99
    Cookies With Sprinkles – 6 for $4.00
    Strawberry Cake With Slice – $5.99
    Iced Cinnamon Buns – 4 for $5.99
    Donuts – 6 for $3.99

    It would be most appreciated if any, and everyone would please answer this. I need as many opinions as I can get before we start selling. So don’t overlook this question please, and thank you.
    Hi, thanks for replying. The reason the prices are like that is because the research I did came from other miniature ebay stores. ^^ The ones I’ve bought from. ^_^

  4. posted by Scott Bull on Mar 16, 2013

    ok so my husband has a myspace page, its says all this stuff how he is happil;y married , but yesterday 2 girls sent him messages saysin your hot and i want to get to know u more. one even called him muffin should i be concerned or do you tink hes innocent? i just dont know how they wuold have found him any one know anything about myspace and any advice would be nice thanks

  5. posted by Michael on Mar 16, 2013

    I buy these yummy things at the bakery and would like to see if I can make them at home. So the owner wrote down the name and I can’t find it anywhere online even when I corrected the spelling of one of the words.
    He wrote: Pasta Croce
    I searched: Pasta Croce and pate a croce

    What it is NOT:
    pate a choux
    hot cross bun

    What it looks like:
    It looks like a muffin with a cross on top

    What it tastes like:
    A combo of cheesecake and poundcake and the cross is made of a sweet tasting pie crust. A light, light citrus flavor. Heavy moist delicious.

    Thanks!

  6. posted by Michael K on Mar 16, 2013

    that foreign children can sing along with me? Taking my guitar to an orphanage on my travels in Thailand. some easy popular tunes with easy chorus. Thanks for ur suggestions!

  7. posted by PoohBearPenguin on Mar 16, 2013

    I have to wake up every morning at five to go to Cross Country and I only have a half an hour to make and eat my breakfast have any ideas????
    P.S. I’m only fourteen, so nothing to complicated!!

  8. posted by Caltel T on Mar 16, 2013

    I have got a full packet of icing sugar which I hardly use. I reckon it can be used to bake cakes instead of caster sugar. But I don’t know how much less amount I should use to achieve the same sweetness and result. Can anyone give me advice in percentage?

  9. posted by Jeracoo L on Mar 16, 2013

    I am 5’3 feet tall and weigh 108 pounds. I’m almost 14( I will be in 2 months) my bmi is 19.1 and most of my fat is in the lower stomach area. Also if you have Any suggestions of how to get rid of my lower belly pouch( besides getting pills or diet supplements)

  10. posted by Spider Pc on Mar 16, 2013

    I buy these yummy things at the bakery and would like to see if I can make them at home. So the owner wrote down the name and I can’t find it anywhere online even when I corrected the spelling of one of the words.
    He wrote: Pasta Croce
    I searched: Pasta Croce and pate a croce

    What it is NOT:
    pate a choux
    hot cross bun

    What it looks like:
    It looks like a muffin with a cross on top

    What it tastes like:
    A combo of cheesecake and poundcake and the cross is made of a sweet tasting pie crust. A light, light citrus flavor. Heavy moist delicious.

    Thanks!
    It’s called a New York bakery and I would say more Italian than anything but defintely multi-ethnic

    No, it’s not cream puff dough. I’ve made and eaten them and it’s not like that. It’s the texture exactly of crossing a heavy cheesecake with poundcake.

    Phonetically–I don’t remember. I’m thinking Pasta chote or choke but we were also talking about cream puff pastry and I may have confused the words I heard. He wrote on a piece of paper: Pasta croce. He said “croce” meant cross

    Thank you for helping! :)

  11. posted by nyyankees1123 on Mar 16, 2013

    A good friend and I are taking a road trip in May. I have tried looking up food ideas online, but most lists and/or ideas are for short road trips that only last a a day or so and are foods that won’t last long or will expire.

    My friend and I want to spend as little money as possible, which means not stopping for fast food or overpriced gas stations. We’re also not going to be staying at any hotels. We’ll be gone at least two weeks and are really trying to figure out the food situation.

    Has anyone taken a long cross country – type road trip and brought their own food to eat, or does anyone just have some ideas for us?

    Thanks for any advice or tips about food and long road trips.

  12. posted by JackReynolds on Mar 16, 2013

    I took it for first time today and I failed. I’m so mad.

  13. posted by Jonny on Mar 16, 2013

    I have this recipe for hot cross muffins,but the problem is all i have is the ingredients!!! so let me know if you have this recipe or a very similar one. i think it was in a total girl magazine maybe 5 years ago???

    375g self raising flour
    175g castor sugar
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 tsp mixed spice
    2/3 cup choc bits or sultanas
    250mL buttermilk
    100g melted and cooled butter
    2 eggs
    60g extra castor sugar
    prepared white icing tube, to decorate

    thanks in advance!!!

  14. posted by SteveO on Mar 16, 2013

    recipie for hot cross buns

  15. posted by Arminator on Mar 16, 2013

    what responsabilities did the women have in the wagon train? How about children?

  16. posted by zigg3ns on Mar 16, 2013

    Im baking a cake, and ive run out of sugar, and i only have caster sugar and icing sugar left over, so can i use any of those instead of normal sugar?

  17. posted by Cliffy N on Mar 18, 2013

    How would you order an english muffin in an english restraunt or something? Would you just say you wanted a muffin? But then what about a regular muffin? Because liek we don’t say we want an American muffin when we just want a regular muffin. It’s one of those things that just …bother you. Help

  18. posted by Cliffy N on Mar 26, 2013

    ^^^ I’ve eaten so much this weekend and its making me feel proper aggy. I want make myself feel better hoping someone has eaten twice as much crap as i have haha

    I managed to get through:
    a pack of five jam doughnuts
    Two hot cross buns with plenty of cheese and butter
    Half an M&S trifle (mmmm sooo good, must finish rest yum :o)
    1 litre of strawberry milkshake
    And some chicken and turnips (random)
    Oh and i almost forgot a strawberry muffin from M&S with the really creamy icing. ( i could feel myself turning into a fatty)

    I feel like such a pig that i haven’t eaten real food just a load of sweet crap. so what have you eaten ?
    wow. I feel totally robbed of my 5 points give em back…..give em back now ! *gives evil looks*

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