Traditional Easter baking recipes

We've post two delicous Easter baking recipes, both are easy to make. There is a recipe for Hot Cross Buns, which simple enough for kids to make, the other is for Simnel cake, which is a traditional Easter cake with dried fruit and marzipan. Bake these recipes and use them as Easter gifts or make Hot Cross Buns for brunch on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. #Easter #baking #cakes #EasterIdeas #EasterBaking #Cake #hotcrossbuns #recipe #recipeoftheweek

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Easter is one of my favourite times of the year. 

There is something much more relaxing about Easter than there is about Christmas. 

Plus it’s great to have a break isn’t it…  Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays here in the UK. 

One of my favourite foodie things about Easter is… shock horror, NOT Easter Eggs… but freshly baked Easter treats!

There are two in particular that I like and am going to share recipes with you for. 

One is Hot Cross Buns. 

The other is Simnel Cake. 

I honestly can take or leave all the chocolate at Easter – which if you know me well is a shocker of a statement – but I would feel robbed without Hot Cross Buns. 

Not the Hot Cross Buns the supermarkets are full of, but proper homemade buns, which are simply delicious on Good Friday morning… or any other morning for that matter.

I love Simnel Cake as well – all that surprise marzipan in the middle of dense fruit is just the best!

If you fancy some traditional English baking this Easter and you’ve not made Hot Cross Buns or Simnel Cake before, the recipes for both are below. 

Both recipes are adapted from the The Cookery of England by Elisabeth Ayrton, a fabulous compendium of old English recipes that is sadly out of print, but which you can pick up pretty easily second hand.Traditional Easter baking recipes 2

Traditional Easter baking recipes

Hot Cross Buns

Ingredients

  • 500g / 2 cups of strong white flour
  • A pinch of salt & a teaspoon each of cinnamon & mixed spice
  • 60g / 0.25 cups of butter
  • 60g / 0.25 cups of currants
  • 60g / 0.25 cups of yeast
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • About 1/2 pint milk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons plain flour

Instructions

  1. Sieve the flour, salt and spices
  2. Rub the butter into the flour & spices until bread crumb consistency
  3. Stir in the currants
  4. Warm a little of the milk and mix with the yeast and a snatch of sugar
  5. Pour the yeast into the middle of the flour, covering it lightly with more flour
  6. Leave for 10 mins
  7. Mix the egg in to make a stiff dough, adding a little milk as needed
  8. Knead the dough lightly and then leave covered for about an hour until doubled in size
  9. Pre-heat oven to 425 f / 220 c
  10. Split the dough into small bun size balls (the dough will rise again)
  11. Cut a deep cross in each bun and leave to rise by half again (about half an hour)
  12. Make a paste of flour and water and pipe into the crosses made earlier
  13. Bake at 425 for 5 to 10 mins
  14. Melt sugar in 1 tablespoon milk and brush over buns

Simnel Cake

Ingredients

  • 150g / 0.6 cups butter
  • 120g / 0.5 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons golden syrup
  • 240g / 1 cup flour
  • 360g / 1.5 cup dried fruit
  • 30g / 0.1 cups candied peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • milk
  • 500g / 2 cups almond paste

Instructions

      1. Preheat the oven to 300f / 150c
      2. Grease a 10 inch cake tin
      3. Cream butter and sugar together well
      4. Add warmed syrup to beaten eggs and stir in into creamed butter & sugar
      5. Mix flour, dried fruit, candied peel and spices together and fold in
      6. Mixture should be fairly dense but you might need a little extra milk
      7. Put half the mixture in the tin
      8. Roll out half the almond paste into a circle that will fit inside the tin about 1/4 inch thick
      9. Put the almond paste on top of the cake mixture in the tin and press down well
      10. Add the rest of the cake mixture on top of the almond paste
      11. Bake for just over 2 hours – it should be well risen and firm
      12. When the cake has completely cooled, roll out the rest of the almond paste into a circle to fit on top of the cake, (not down the sides), and then put the cake under the grill to very slightly brown the almond paste
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        We've posted two delicious Easter baking recipes, both are easy to make. There is a Hot Cross Buns recipe, which simple enough for kids to make and a Simnel cake recipe, which is a traditional Easter cake with dried fruit and marzipan. Bake these recipes and use them as Easter gifts or make Hot Cross Buns for brunch on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. #Easter #baking #cakes #EasterIdeas #EasterBaking #Cake #hotcrossbuns #recipe #recipeoftheweek
        We've posted two delicious Easter baking recipes, both are easy to make. There is a Hot Cross Buns recipe, which simple enough for kids to make and a Simnel cake recipe, which is a traditional Easter cake with dried fruit and marzipan. Bake these recipes and use them as Easter gifts or make Hot Cross Buns for brunch on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. #Easter #baking #cakes #EasterIdeas #EasterBaking #Cake #hotcrossbuns #recipe #recipeoftheweek
        We've posted two delicious Easter baking recipes, both are easy to make. There is a Hot Cross Buns recipe, which simple enough for kids to make and a Simnel cake recipe, which is a traditional Easter cake with dried fruit and marzipan. Bake these recipes and use them as Easter gifts or make Hot Cross Buns for brunch on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. #Easter #baking #cakes #EasterIdeas #EasterBaking #Cake #hotcrossbuns #recipe #recipeoftheweek
        We've posted two deliciousEaster baking recipes, both are easy to make. There is a Hot Cross Buns recipe, which simple enough for kids to make and a Simnel cake recipe, which is a traditional Easter cake with dried fruit and marzipan. Bake these recipes and use them as Easter gifts or make Hot Cross Buns for brunch on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. #Easter #baking #cakes #EasterIdeas #EasterBaking #Cake #hotcrossbuns #recipe #recipeoftheweek

        We've posted two delicious Easter baking recipes, both are easy to make. There is a Hot Cross Buns recipe, which simple enough for kids to make and a Simnel cake recipe, which is a traditional Easter cake with dried fruit and marzipan. Bake these recipes and use them as Easter gifts or make Hot Cross Buns for brunch on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. #Easter #baking #cakes #EasterIdeas #EasterBaking #Cake #hotcrossbuns #recipe #recipeoftheweek

        We've posted two delicious Easter baking recipes, both are easy to make. There is a Hot Cross Buns recipe, which simple enough for kids to make and a Simnel cake recipe, which is a traditional Easter cake with dried fruit and marzipan. Bake these recipes and use them as Easter gifts or make Hot Cross Buns for brunch on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. #Easter #baking #cakes #EasterIdeas #EasterBaking #Cake #hotcrossbuns #recipe #recipeoftheweek
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  2. Just seen this link on the Happy and Blessed Home link party and so excited for this – My Simnel Cake is in the oven RIGHT now 😀 I’m making one this week for a silent auction to raise funds at my choir concert, and will make one for us next week!

    Love your post about Hot Cross Buns and Simnel Cake 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

  3. Your hot cross buns look wonderful! They remind me of my days living in England! I’ll have to try making some at home this Easter! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi I’ve just looked at your Hot Cross Bun recipe, and I’m wondering if it’s really supposed to be 60 grams – sixty! of yeast? I made some Hot Cross Buns yesterday from a different recipe and I used 16g – sixteen grams.
    Just thought I should ask!
    The Simmel Cake recipe looks great, although I notice that there is no rising agent mentioned – is the flour self-raising?
    Thanks for posting these recipes!
    MrsFindo

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