Hot Cross Buns (for the first time). If you have never had one, they are like a spiced yeast roll with raisins (or currents and sometimes candied fruit peel). They are very tasty. They are traditionally eaten on Good Friday and there is a whole history on the buns if you are so inclined to do a search on them. I am so not a history buff, and skipped over all the
The recipe I used for the Hot Cross Buns is from Pioneer Woman. If you go to her site, she has great step-by-step instructions (with pics!) on how to make these. I followed her intructions exactly, b/c I didn't want to mess them up! (They were for the parentals you know). The only changes I made were...(you know there had to be at least one) is that I used skim milk, b/c I didn't have any whole milk, and I added 1/4 t. allspice, 1/4 t. nutmeg, 1/4 t. ground cloves, in addition to the teaspoon of cinnamon called for. AND I added a tablespoon of lemon and orange zest. This is a must in my opinion. Oh, and I did not use raw egg white in my frosting, b/c that seemed like a bad idea (especially for my dad who has a weak immune system from his bone marrow transplant last June). I used 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 1/4 t. vanilla, and enough orange juice to get the right consistency. I think it was 2-3 T. Okay, so more than one change to the recipe!
Back to the allspice. Did you know that allspice is an actually spice, from a berry, not a combination of spices (like I heard many times in the past)? You can read all about it here, if interested. Since I rarely use allspice, I didn't have any. But, you can make an allspice substitution, which is a combination of spices. All you have to do is combine equal parts of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and pepper. Yes, pepper! I made mine up and stored it in the classy plastic baggie that you see above. See, I learned something this weekend. (Actually, I learned it a while back, but does anyone really care?). Just passing it along, in case you find yourself without any allspice.
Also, I tried the chocolate covered Peep. Dark chocolate of course. Still not a fan. I ate the whole thing (it was covered in chocolate), but the marshmallow inside was really soft and soooo sweet. Not that I have a problem with sweet, but marshmallow is just not really my thing. I've been told that I should try a stale Peep, that once they harden they are really good. So...there are some Peeps sitting around, maybe I'll give that a try too. Not that my thighs want me to like anything else. hmmm, that sounds kind of weird...but you know what I mean. 'a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips' :P
I officially dislike whoever came up with that little phrase.