It has been awhile. Happy that thoughts of giving this up are not harbouring in my mind still. I hate half way jobs, but technically, there is no end to this is there? I am still making stuff for the family, that part I strive not to compromise. At certain stages in life, it just gets tougher leaving one with lesser time for indulgence. Time and again I remind myself that when the goings get tough, the tough gets going and I am not going to let myself be the weaker one..So, go, go, go it shall be for now!
So, with Easter around the corner one sees, eats, bakes or come across mentions about Hot Cross Buns somewhere or another. My earliest encounter of them would be Mum reading "Hot Cross Buns...one a penny, two a penny..." talk about lasting impressions that parents leave in their children... Then I got to know more interesting stories about these buns. Traditionally eaten on Good Fridays and it dates back to ancient times... symbolic reminder for Christians of Christ's crucifixion ...and there are some superstitions around them too, like sharing them ensures continued friendship, kissing the cross before eating them...and one very interesting one that may intrigue bakers is if you hang one of these buns in the kitchen it will ensure all bread made year round will turn out perfectly!...maybe that's one to be considered...
I thought I would attempt these ancient buns...But then, I was craving for Coconut Buns not spiced buns with dried fruits. For some reason memories of the Roti Man coming by on his motorbike with lots of bread hanging around a big metal box on the passenger seat reminded me of the coconut buns that Mum used to buy. So, I ended up making more coconuts ones than spiced ones :) So, here are my Hot Cross Buns with a tropical twist. To be exact, they are actually coconuts buns but with a cross on them :)
I used the Tang Zhong method (for bread dough recipe, refer here) added with a teaspoon of mixed spice. As for the coconut filling, fry some shaved fresh coconut with palm sugar and rock sugar.