Gransnet forums


Flavourless Hot Cross Buns

(30 Posts)
Nanof3 Fri 02-Apr-21 12:49:28

I cannot detect even a hint of spice in any of the hot cross buns again this year, they all seem to be a dense teacake and are only good for toast.
Anyone else noticed?

Grannyboots1 Fri 02-Apr-21 12:53:29

Yes, I agree, try M & S chocolate flavour - gorgeous especially with butter!!

NotSpaghetti Fri 02-Apr-21 12:56:58

Anyone had good ones? Would be nice to know.

B9exchange Fri 02-Apr-21 12:57:26

You haven't had Covid by any chance? grin

Haven't tried ours yet, just off to the Good Friday devotions, feel I need to earn mine, so a treat for when we get back!

blue25 Fri 02-Apr-21 12:57:54

Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference fruity hot cross buns are lovely

Jaxjacky Fri 02-Apr-21 12:59:02

Had a Waitrose one yesterday, I could smell it before I ate it, yum.

Witzend Fri 02-Apr-21 13:03:00

I could never fancy chocolate ones!
Bought a pack of small M&S classic ones the other day and they were yummy, certainly spicy enough. Dh and I made
🐷🐷 of ourselves.

sodapop Fri 02-Apr-21 13:06:28

My husband is just making some as we can't buy them here. I will let you know what they are like. The ones he made last year could be politely described as dense, solid may be a better description grin

timetogo2016 Fri 02-Apr-21 13:07:04

M n S ones are lovely, especialy with butter.

MerylStreep Fri 02-Apr-21 13:07:41

I lost my taste and smell in Dec 2019 after being quite ill with something 😉 that my doctor couldn’t work out what it was.

Aldom Fri 02-Apr-21 13:20:13

I always have my first Hot cross bun for breakfast on Good Friday. Mine are Sainsbury, just the right amount of spice and fruit for me. Delicious warm with butter. Had one at coffee time too. Happy Easter everyone.

Aveline Fri 02-Apr-21 13:31:16

M&S four cheese and Marmite ones are fantastic. Not sure that they should be called hot cross buns though. Split and toasted they are divine (if you like that sort of thing)

Deedaa Fri 02-Apr-21 13:36:12

I've tried Aldi's Rhubarb hot Cross Buns and their Apple and Cinnamon ones this year. Both had plenty of flavour, especially the apple ones.

tanith Fri 02-Apr-21 13:54:19

Against my better judgement I bought strawberry and white chocolate ones from Tesco YUK! Horrible, I don’t know what I was thinking I might have to buy ‘real’ Hot Cross buns tomorrow.

MiniMoon Fri 02-Apr-21 14:34:48

I have just taken mine out of the oven. I made Jamie Oliver's recipe, minus the ginger and citrus peel because DH doesn't like those.
They smell delicious.

Calendargirl Fri 02-Apr-21 15:48:42

Bought some chocolate and orange ones from our local baker the other day, half price as previous day’s bake, bargain!

Put straight in freezer, not told DH yet, will bring out as a surprise sometime.

Might try my home made Simnel cake at tea time, my mouth is watering at the thought!

Nanof3 Fri 02-Apr-21 15:56:49

Maybe it's my taste buds, not had covid but tried Aldi rhubarb ones taste very very faint. Tesco and Morrisons stodgy and bland, will pick up some M and S tomorrow if possible.
I just remember lovely fruity ones smelling of cinnamon growing up, I must be getting old somethings were definitely better in the old days.

B9exchange Fri 02-Apr-21 16:03:01

Poor you MerylStreep my DD is the same, parosmia since January 2020, no sign of it easing so far.

sodapop Fri 02-Apr-21 17:15:20

Husband's hot cross buns turned out very well, nice and spicy not too dense. Some friends came round unexpectedly so we had a pleasant afternoon with G & Ts and hot cross buns,.
Happy Easter every one.

geekesse Fri 02-Apr-21 17:18:35

Another vote here for Sainsbury’s hot cross buns.

NotSpaghetti Fri 02-Apr-21 17:21:06

I always made my own when the children were at home but it's a real labour of love to do them for just two of us.

25Avalon Fri 02-Apr-21 17:21:46

Made my own from a recipe by Dan Lepard which I found on Mumsnet last year. I had no strong bread flour only plain flour and his was the only recipe I could find. Everyone turned out well so I made again this year with strong white flour. All turned out well again. The best and easiest recipe in 40 years. The smell and taste were divine.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 02-Apr-21 17:37:17

I’m a one upper😄😄😄

I made my own. Nicely spiced I might add😄😄😄😄😄

rubysong Fri 02-Apr-21 17:52:25

I made a dozen yesterday and was pleased with the way they turned out. They could do with a bit more spice though so I shall amend the recipe. I write go-to recipes in a book rather than having to find a good one each time so I will change the amount of cinnamon and mixed spice. I don't put candied peel in as I don't like it. This year, for the first time, I got the mixture for the crosses correct and it stayed on in the right place, and a sticky glaze on the top.

Katyj Fri 02-Apr-21 18:06:21

Agree with * blue25 * Sainsbury’s taste the difference will take some beating.