Monday, April 12, 2021

Spicy Fruity Buns

It's such a pretty day to enjoy a Spicy Bun and a cup of tea.  I was able to share some of these wonderful buns with a friend that had foot surgery, and she loved them, too.

This pretty pansy set was painted by my late Great Aunt Kitty.

This pretty violet set was painted by her, also.  I thought that they were perfect for Spring.

The pretty topper was also my Aunt Kitty's.  Isn't the cut work so beautiful?

Here is how she signed the back of the china pieces.

My friend, Tina, who lives in Australia,  shared this fabulous recipe for her Hot Cross Buns with me. Tina is a wonderful baker and always has something yummy in her kitchen.   Since Easter is over, I left the cross off of them, and just put the shiny glaze on.  I'll be making these again and again.  They are perfect! 

Yield: 12 delicious buns
Author: Kitty, but recipe came from my friend, Tina, who lives in Australia
Hot Cross Buns

Spicy Fruity Buns

Tina willingly shared this recipe with me. It's a very soft dough, and makes the most incredible buns.  It does require three risings, but the last one is only 20 minutes. 



  • 1 and 1/4 cups lukewarm milk
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 and 1/2 cups bread flour (I used 3 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour + 1/4 cup Vital Wheat Gluten)
  • 3 teaspoons of spices of choice (I used cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, a touch of cloves)
  • 1 scant teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit (I used golden raisins, dried cranberries, and dried Montmorency cherries)
  • 4 and 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Glaze
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water


  1. Combine lukewarm milk, white sugar and yeast and set aside for about 5 minutes until starting to get frothy.
  2. Combine flour, spices, salt, brown sugar and dried fruit in a large bowl or mixer with a dough hook.  Make a well in the center and pour in the milk mixture, the butter and the beaten egg.
  3. Mix with your dough hook and then knead for about 5 minutes on medium (or 8 minutes by hand on a floured surface.)
  4. Place into a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel.  Stand in a warm place for about 1 hour. 
  5. After this time, knead a few times and then return to the bowl, cover and let rise again for 1 hour until doubled in size.
  6. Preheat oven to 370 degrees.
  7. Take the dough out of the bowl and knead a few times on a floured surface.  Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and roll into balls.
  8. Place the buns into a lined or greased baking tray, a little apart. Cover with a tea towel and place in a warm spot for 20 minutes or until they puff up.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. To make the glaze:  Mix sugar and water in a small saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer for 1 minute.  Brush glaze over the hot buns. 
  11. Allow buns to cool for about 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.  Enjoy!


I place a pan of boiling water on a low shelf in my oven, and place the bowl of dough on a shelf above this, to let the dough rise. It helps to place the unfilled pan in first,  and then pour the boiling water in.

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Cissy came and spent the night with me!

Avery, Ella, Hayden and Harper were over recently.

 Thank you for your visit!  xo

I am sharing this with:

Love Your Creativity Link Party
Meal Plan Monday
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
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  1. Your Aunty Kitty had a treasure trove of gorgeous pretties! AND....what a clever artist she was. There was magic in those painting fingers of hers. Both teacup sets are exquisite. Now let's talk about those buns. They look delicious, Kitty.

  2. Good Morning Kitty! I love your pretty teacups painted by your Aunt Kitty and I’m swooning over her table topper! Your buns look delicious and I know your friend appreciated your thoughtfulness. So happy to see the sweet smiling faces of your grand girls. Happy Monday ♥


  3. Your aunt was a very talented lady. Such beautiful cups and saucers. The rolls
    sound yummy. I must avoid them like the plague, though I am munching on one
    my son baked for our Easter dinner yesterday. They make a great breakfast. I always
    enjoy seeing the grands. (Yet again, I took no photos yesterday. I am really slipping.)

  4. Loving that teacup Kitty and just pinned the recipe. YUM! Oh, the pictures of the kids are so cute. I know you enjoyed sweet Cissy staying the night with you. What fun. Hugs and blessings dear lady. Cindy

  5. The pansy tea cup set is gorgeous! WOW! And I love that you bake and have fun with the little ones!

  6. The buns sound amazing Kitty, one of my favorite noshes:@)

  7. I've always admired your Great Aunt Kitty's beautiful handpainted teawares! She's so talented!

    The spicy fruit buns look great! I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't make the connection between the crosses and name of the hot cross buns until now. Whoops!

  8. What a beautiful tea table - and from your GAK makes it even more precious. She was a very talented china painter- wow! Stunning!

    Thanks for the recipe. Never had anything like that before. Yum. How do you stay so tiny?

    ♥ to the grand girls. They are so cute.

  9. The buns sound amazing Kitty, and yummy for a care package. I've been meaning to ask if your tea cups are bone china. I recently bought my first tea cup and saucer at the antique store! I have never been a tea drinker but am enjoying it.

  10. The tea cup and the buns look so good Kitty. How nice to have your grandkids over and to bake for them.
    I hope you enjoy the week Kitty.

  11. The buns look so pretty Kitty and I know they must be delicious. How lovely are the special pieces of china from your aunt Kitty. Pansies and violets are so perfect for spring. Sweet pics of your grands and I know how you love fo have them over. Hope your are having a lovely week..........

  12. Oh Kitty, your Aunt's hand painted china is beautiful, I know you must treasure it! What a pretty Spring vignette and the buns sound like a real treat, I wish I had the patience for bread glad your grand girls came over, so cute!

  13. Oh my goodness, those teacups and saucers are beautiful and what a lovely tablecloth. What pretty things to remind you of her. I am going to try these buns one day. I love dried cherries and cranberries in baked goods. I wonder if nuts would be okay to add? Love that you've gotten to see some of your grands recently! Cissy is getting so big. ♥

  14. An outdoor tea party, complete with beautiful china and embroidered table cloth!

    Yes, please, Kitty! Especially if the grandkiddos are there to celebrate ...

  15. I love the painted china and table topper! How nice to share this and your homemade buns with your friend. I always love seeing your grands visiting you!

  16. How good of you to share with your friend recovering from surgery! What a treat. They just look so scrumptious. And talking of scrumptious! Your Great Aunt Kitty had such a talent! Just beautiful work. Heirlooms!

  17. your teacup and topper are so pretty. How special to have these treasures. Your aunt a Kitty was so talented. The sweet buns look so delicious. Something for me to try. Thanks for sharing a Kitty. happy weekend.

  18. Oh, my, these look delicious! So sweet to have your dear grands around you. God bless you and your whole family!

  19. The buns look delicious.

    How lovely that you have been able to spend time with your Grands recently, sweet photographs.

    All the best Jan


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