5 innovative ways with hot cross buns

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5 innovative ways with hot cross buns

It’s that time of the year where chocolate Easter bunnies and the smell of hot cross buns take over kitchens over the weekends. Hannah Lewry shares her favourite ways to make the most out of hot cross buns while they are still on the shelves.

EASTER CAKE POPS
Place 6 hot cross buns in a food processor and blend until they form breadcrumbs, then transfer to a bowl. Prepare 1 x 250 g Woolworths chocolate icing kit according to package instructions and spoon enough into the hot cross bun crumbs to make the mixture stick together so that it is easily mouldable. Mould 1 T mixture at a time into bite-sized balls. Skewer onto skewers or lollipop sticks and dip into melted dark or white chocolate, sprinkle with 100s and 1000s and chill until ready to serve.

GRILLED GORGONZOLA SOLDIERS
Dot halved hot cross buns with blue cheese or Gorgonzola, then place under a hot grill until melted. Cut into soldiers and serve hot with cinnamon-spiced butternut soup or cauliflower soup.

HOT CROSS BUN BRAAI S’MORE PARCELS
Stuff hot cross buns with berries or sliced banana, a few blocks of chocolate and 2–3 marshmallows. Wrap in tinfoil and place over hot coals for 1–2 minutes, or until warmed through. Carefully unwrap and serve with vanilla ice cream.

HOT CROSS BUNS WITH CHEESE FONDUE
Toast a few hot cross buns and thread onto skewers. Serve with 1 x 400 g Woolworths cheese fondue mixture. Spice it up with a dash of ground nutmeg.

HOT CROSS BUN CRUNCH
Place 3 hot cross buns into a food processor and blend to form breadcrumbs. Sprinkle onto a tray and toss with 30 g melted butter, then toast in the oven at 180 degrees C for 5 minutes, or until crunchy. Sprinkle over poached spiced dried fruit or baked pears and serve with thick plain yoghurt.

Discover more recipes starring hot cross buns here.

Hannah Lewry Article by: Hannah Lewry

Woolworths TASTE’s Food Editor is passionate about conjuring up fresh ideas for fast and easy dishes that taste as great as they look. Turn to her expertise for everything from time-saving mid-week food to lazy weekend meals. You’ll have a lot of fun in the kitchen while you’re about it.

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    Lorraine Lewis
    April 1, 2015

    Have you tried hot cross bun bread pudding! This is the ultimate indulgance with hot cross buns