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Saturday, 23 April 2011

Wishing You All A Joyous & Blessed Easter


Whatever you might be doing this Easter weekend, I wish you all a time filled with laughter and love.

This is the last day this visit of the family being here, as they will be leaving in the morning.  This is the longest time that they have stayed with us and it has been a lovely time with lots of memories to keep us going.  This afternoon, we will be having a barbecue and, yes, I expect photos will be taken! 

Do you all have Hot Cross Buns at this time of the year?  I had mine this morning with Devon Clotted Cream - gorgeous!  There was a time when you could only buy these buns at Easter but, like everything else, you can buy them all year round now.  I do think that we had more to look forward to in years gone by (look at me - sounding like Methuselah!!) as you did have these treats to look forward to at certain times of the year and it just seemed to make things more exciting somehow.  Anyway, enough of that, I don't want to turn into a Grumpy Old Woman!


Hee Hee!

In case you do have any hot cross buns left over (and it doesn't matter if they are a bit stale), I thought you might like this recipe for Hot Cross Bun Bread & Butter pudding, which is a twist on the original Bread & Butter pudding dessert.

Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips


Method

Pre heat oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas 4.

 Grease a 1 litre baking dish with a little of the butter.
Spread the halved hot cross buns with the remaining butter .
Arrange them in the prepared dish.
Whisk the vanilla extract, sugar and eggs together.
Gently heat the milk and cream in a pan until warm, then remove from the heat and add the egg mixture. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Strain the warm egg mixture over the buns in the baking dish and leave to soak for 15-20 minutes.
Sprinkle the lemon zest over the surface of the pudding.
Transfer the baking dish to the pre-heated oven and bake for 25-30 mins until puffed up and golden brown. Serve at once, with custard or clotted or double cream.

Enjoy!





Ingredients : To serve 4.

4 hot cross buns.
2 medium eggs.
half a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
15 g (half an ounce) of caster sugar.
25 g (l ounce) of butter.
300 ml (half a pint) of milk.
150 ml (quarter of a pint) of single cream.
half a teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest.

16 comments:

Odie Langley said...

Well it is 2 PM there & only 8 AM here and your picture really made me want some of that tasty looking recipe. Hope the weather allows you to have fun with the BBQ. We had a reain shower a while ago. I am so happy for you to have had this extra special blessing of the extended visit. That sort of thing doesn't happen too often. Tell them I pray they will have a safe journey home.

Desiree said...

Yummy! We love bread pudding in this house :) We do have hot cross buns but haven't had any today as yet.
We like to toast ours and serve hot with butter. Never had them with cream before (but of course we don't get your Devonshire clotted cream!)

Enjoy your last day together. I hope you won't be feeling too low once they leave as, before you know it, they'll be back again for the wedding! Hold on to that thought and the lovely memories you made this holiday ;)

Gawgus things... said...

Can't beat hot cross buns and a dollop of clotted cream - yum! Happy Easter :)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Sadly no hot cross buns for us, although I suppose we could have baked some. I am delighted you have had such a lovely time with your family. Happy Easter xx

Shady Del Knight said...

I had to look up hot cross buns, Thisisme, because I never heard of them. There's a song about them which I'm sure you've heard:

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha' penny, two ha' penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha' penny,
Two ha' penny,
Hot Cross Buns!

I plan to spend the holiday weekend chasing kids off my lawn! (LOL) Have a wonderful Easter, Thisisme, and please give Alfred a treat at the cookout today!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Wishing you a lovely rest of the weekend. With nice weather too!

Gentle hugs,
.♥.

Thisisme. said...

Odie - yes, the barbecue will be wonderful, as it is hotter than ever here today! I will wish them a safe journey from you and you are right, their extended stay was a real blessing. I hope you, Linda and Rocky will have a very peaceful and Happy Easter my friend.

Desiree - My husband doesn't cook, but he does make a mean Bread & Butter Pudding! Funny that, isn't it?! He says that he can remember his mum making them when he was a young boy. You can't beat Devonshire Clotted Cream me luvver!! You're right, I mustn't get low, and remember that they will be here again soon, and I am going to Paris for two weeks in August!

Gawgus things - Yum yum, indeed!!

LindyLouMac in Italy - Wishing you and your husband a very Happy Easter. Thanks for always popping by to comment. I really do appreciate it xx

Shady - Yes, I do know that little song. My mum used to sing it to me as a little girl! Gosh, that takes me back! I shall miss little Alfred when he's gone. He has been such a good boy since he's been here. I hope you don't get TOO many kids on your lawn dear friend!!

Aunt Amelia's Attic - You've got a new profile piccie. It's lovely! Thank you for your good wishes, and I send gentle hugs back to you.

becca said...

yum will have to try this recipe and hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend

Chatty Crone said...

No hot buns for me - but they looked delish.

Happy Easter.

SkippyMom said...

Happy Easter! Best wishes to y'all. :)

Bouncin' Barb said...

I'm sure that you are going to enjoy today immensely so I wish it to be a marvelous day filled with lots of fun! Can't wait for more pics. Happy Easter!

Olive Cooper said...

Happy Easter Tim. We do not have them all the time here. I made them once but yeast is not my friend. ♥O

Becky said...

I have never had Hot Cross Buns! I guess I need to try them! :) I wish you and your family a wonderfuly blessed Easter! Sending you big bunny ((HUGS)), too!!

Jo-Anne Mother and Nanna said...

I love Hot Cross buns and think it sucks that we have them in the shops here from February as they should only be in the shops from say a month before Easter........at least we do not have them all year round.

Have you ever watched Grumpy Old Women I love that show.............

I am married to a Grumpy Old Man who has an annoying habit of saying he will be dead before he is 60 makes me want to hit him......he has never watched the Grumpy Old Men or Women shows with me as he thinks I watch a lot of dribble and he should no he is an expert on dribble........

Just Martha said...

Happy Easter!!!

Mountain Mama said...

Yummmy! I think my guys would love this. Thanks for sharing it. :)