let's put this in the category of holidays-i-don't-necessarily-believe-in-but-love-to-bake-for (i mean, aren't we all a little too old to believe in the easter bunny?). but seriously, aren't hot cross buns the best?
i have a thing for just slightly sweet yeasted breads with dried fruits and a touch of icing.
after trying a few over the years, the recipe i've finally landed on is from beth hensperger's bread bible. it has currants and dried apricots and not one, but two glazes! the first is a simple sugar syrup that you brush over the buns just after they emerge from the oven to give them that shiny crunchy coating. the second is a super tasty lemon icing to make the crosses, with both fresh lemon juice and lemon zest.
i think the dried apricots are the real secret ingredient here.
between these that i made today and the hot cross buns a patient brought me yesterday, i have pretty much eaten nothing but buns in the last 24 hours.
a belly full of buns.