I don’t spend my hours lingering outside English food purveyors Myers of Keswick, lusting after British food, but every Easter my thoughts turn to Hot Cross buns and Creme Eggs.

Unfortunately, all the Hot Cross buns I’ve seen on sale over here are not the Real Thing. Most recipes suggest that the cross should be made of ICING (as opposed to flour & water pastry). Some even have bright green & red candied fruit in them. So wrong. (Although Gourmet gets it about right with a Hot Cross bun recipe here.) And Cadbury’s Creme Eggs are produced under licence in the US by the dreaded Hershey’s so the chocolate is not echt.

Last year I tried to make Hot Cross buns for Easter Sunday at JK’s. They were edible, but rather heavy and the crosses were distinctly wonky. Still, they were better than the bakery aberrations.

And now I’ve been spared from getting yeasty dough glued to every kitchen surface as darling JK flew back from a meeting in London yesterday with a packet of M&S specials and two bags of mini eggs.

I am in heaven, writing this with one hand and a bun firmly gripped in the other.

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I’ve never had a hot cross bun with a real icing cross, but now I really want one! As for Cadbury Creme Eggs, heavens about I love these little guys! Here in Australia we get the ones that are made in New Zealand…our own Cadbury factory closed down a few years ago…but can I tell you, the taste of “fresh” chocolate straight from the factory floor is absolutely sublime!! I miss their factory tours so very much 🙁


Bliss indeed!


Teehee. LOVE hot cross buns… Can’t eat them anymore due to stupid allergies, and have to satisfy my cravings with “free-from” ones which just don’t quite cut the mustard. Sigh.

Red and green candied fruit? Sounds radioactive!




Any opinions on where I can get a near-authentic one in this city? The only hot cross bun I’ve had so far is from Amy’s Bread in Chelsea Market and while it was good, I don’t think you’d find it authentic (icing cross atop the bun).


mmm creme egg goop – answer to all life’s woes currently. (typed while scooping out sugary yolk to fix my nerves before making scary phone call…)


mmm I love them too, with loads of butter too of course! To hell with the diet!


I hate the U.S. version with the bright red and green bits, but those look positively tasty.


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I used to love licking all the goo out of the Creme Egg before eating the shell but, aged about 14, actually sprained my tongue while doing it. If that’s the correct medical term. As I write this down I realise how unsavoury it sounds.


Mmm, M&S hot cross buns. So good. I prefer a full size Cadbury's Cream Egg to the mini-versions though. Lx

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