Hot Cross Buns, Kiwi Style: Hot Cross Buns with Chocolate Chips


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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6 Responses

  1. Cris says:

    Hi Caroline. I’m looking forward to more breadmaker recipes from you! I am totally lazy about mine and have only used it for breads that can be done entirely in the machine so far. In fact I generally use the exact same recipe on the most basic setting each time just throwing in handfuls of various things (sunflower seeds or sultanas, or chopped sun-dried tomatoes, or grated parmesan cheese or chopped fresh parsley) when it beeps before the last round of mixing. It’s handy when you’re in a hurry but fancy trying out different flavours. As for cups – I love them! So easy to measure everything and no messy weighing scales. I think they might grow on you 🙂

  2. Caroline says:

    So far I’ve taken out a total of five cookbooks from the fab local library to further my adventures with the breadmaker! A lot of the things I’ve made in it, however, are variations of the basic loaf – I recently bought wholemeal flour, rye flour and fine oatmeal to fiddle around with so I’ll keep you posted on my successes or, like the other day, the sunken loaves. I’m really interested in trying more things on the dough setting but my house is just way too cold. Still, I’m sure I’ll figure something out!
    PS – you’re right about the cups. Very handy for bread situations but am having problems with adapting my old metric/imperial recipes so, after a lot of unsuccessful searching around second hand shops, I succumbed to the lure of a shiny new weighing scales – a present from my mother. So now I have the best of both worlds!

  3. Sinéad says:

    I have a baking/recipe question and I’m not sure if this is the right place to post it, so apologies! I’m forever buying bananas and then making the fatal error of putting them in a bowl with other fruit (which makes them ripen quicker). I keep saying that I’ll use said ripe bananas to make banana bread and never get around to it. Do you by any chance know a good, simple recipe to save me chucking them out? Hope you can help…S

  4. Caroline says:

    Sinéad: in the recent past I’ve discovered a way of making over-ripe bananas into not a problem, but an opportunity. I’ve a few bananas around the place which look like they’ve reached the end of their life as a fresh fruit so will be cooking with them and posting in the near future.

  5. Sinéad says:

    Great stuff! I look forward to it. 🙂

  6. Caroline says:

    Sinéad: if you take a look at today’s entry – Good ways to get rid of black bananas – you’ll find a recipe that might come in handy. Happy baking!

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