bakers delight hot cross buns

How do you eat your buns?

Easter time for our family means masses of hot cross buns. While I’ve yet to tackle a home made recipe I love how bakeries start baking fragrant, fruit studded buns in the lead up Easter and I make it a personal mission to try as many as I can around town.

Hot cross buns are a love that’s shared by T   and the kids – for most of April each of us has been averaging a bun a day! And thanks to Bakers Delight we’ve been hoeing into traditional and non-traditional varieties, with various condiments slathered on top, in a quest to find the best way to serve up a hot cross bun.

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I’m normally a traditionalist when it comes to these things but I was really surprised that that my favourite bun was the Mocha one – studded with chocolate chips and with a coffee base. T eschewed mocha for the traditional fruit while the kids have been happy with whatever we’ve given them – chocolate chip especially! None of us tried the fruitless version as I think that’s really pushing the envelope of what a hot cross bun should be!

bakers delight hot cross buns

And how do we like to eat them? Slightly toasted so there’s warm and fluffy on the inside, a little bit crisp on the outside. No butter or condiments. For adults, with a cup of tea, and for kids, with a glass of milk. Oh – and I’ve noticed Lady AB likes to nibble the cross off first :–)

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And the best thing? Sharing hot cross buns with friends. Every year we hold a hot cross bun morning tea and have a mini Easter egg hunt for the littlies around our yard. It’s a nice time to catch up and enjoy some treats too.

Giveaway! Thanks to Bakers Delight I have $30 of Bakers Delight vouchers to give away, which you can use to buy any Bakers Delight products.

To win all you have to do is 1. Like the blog on Facebook or follow on Twitter (if you don’t already) 2. Leave a comment here telling me how you like to eat your hot cross buns.

The winner will be chosen by me based on my favourite answer on Monday 28 April and notified by email. Good luck!

 

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Easter is this weekend and there are so many Easter egg hunts happening around the city I can’t keep up!

Here’s a list of what’s on around Melbourne and its surrounds for Easter.

CBD / Docklands

North

  • Celebrate the Aztecs at Melbourne Museum (Fri 18 April – Mon 21 April) – A daily program of family friendly activities inspired by the Aztecs.
  • Keeper Kids at Melbourne Zoo (throughout April) -  In Melbourne Zoo’s newest indoor play-based experience, you can put on a safety vest and tool belt and learn the tools of the trades that are used every day by Keepers, Veterinarians, Horticulturists, Researchers and Works crew.
  • Easter Bunny Trail at Cooks Cottage Fitzroy Gardens (Fri 18 April -  Sun 27 April) – Entry includes a map with fun-filled facts and riddles to help find the missing bunnies at Cooks’ Cottage. Children receive an Easter treat on completion in the Discovery Centre.
  • National Trust  Easter Fun Day at Rippon Lea and Mulberry Hill (Sun 20 April) – egg hunts, access to open houses and the opportunity to pack a picnic or enjoy delicious treats from the on site food market. 

 South / South-East / Bayside

East

  • Celebrate Corroboree at Healesville Sanctuary (Fri 18 April – Mon 21 April) – Healesville Sanctuary’s biggest celebration of Indigenous people and culture.
  • Children’s Week at Skyhigh Mt Dandenong (Fri 18 April – Sun 20 April) – Lots of free kids activities.
  • Yarra Valley Chocolatier and Ice Creamery Easter Family Fun (Fri 18 April – Mon 21 April) – Be greeted by the Chocolaterie’s Easter Bunnies, enjoy loads of free chocolate tastings, delight in our giant chocolate sculptures and the kids can find a special treat with our Easter egg hunts each day. 
  • Giant Easter Egg Hunt Melbourne at Chirnside Park (Sat 19 April) – Easter egg hunt and fun on the giant inflatable drop slide and climbing walls. 
  • Hedgend Maze (Fri 18 April) – Come and celebrate an amazing fun-filled day at Hedgend Maze on Good Friday from 10am to 3pm.
  • Gulf Station (Sun 20 April) – Bring the kids, pack a picnic and share a fun Easter day at Gulf Station.
  • Emerald Lake Park (Sun 20 April)– Come along to Emerald Lake Park to enjoy a free Easter treasure hunt on Easter Sunday between 10am and 2pm. 
  • Oakridge Wines (Sun 20 April) – Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. 
  • Mandala Wines – Open Saturday and Sunday, serving the full a la carte menu, two courses $50 or three for $60. There’ll even be an easter egg hunt for the kids both days at 2pm and 4pm! 
  • Chirnside Park Country Club (Fri 18 April) – Family Fun Day with Easter Bunny & Egg Hunt, jumping castle, face painting, live entertainment, and more.  
  • Oscar’s on the Yarra (Sun 20 April) – Special 3 course Easter Sunday Lunch for $55 with Easter Egg Hunt. 
  • Healesville Tourist Railway Station (Sat 19 April) – Special egg hunt at noon on Saturday 19th April.

West

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Tai Snaith

Our most recent invitation to Artplay was to join Melbourne artist Tai Snaith for a drawing/making workshop called Sticks and Stones.

Tai Snaith is the author of The Family Hour in Australia, a book all about Australian animals and their habitats and family units. It’s a beautifully illustrated and educational work and is the only reason that Lady AB knows that a baby echidna is called a puggle (Incidentally it is also extremely useful for adults – contains lots of animals and factoids I didn’t know before).

Tai Snaith

Tai’s upcoming children’s book is called ‘Sticks and Stones- animal homes’. It is all about how animals from all around the world (including some Australian ones) build their different shelters, nests and burrows. The workshop was based on the content of the book so we started off by Tai showing us some of the large-scale drawings and watercolours she’d created for the book and her reading the accompanying text.

Tai Snaith

Tai Snaith

After that we split off into grouped tables to build a bird’s nest using various found object and pastes together a leafy orang-utan pad. Lady AB enjoyed both of these activities, explaining to me that she wanted pink string for the nest and the ribbon she was twisting around the twigs had lots of tiny, tiny eggs for the nest.

Tai Snaith

After everyone had completed their task we all sat down on the reading mat again and Tai asked each child what kind of animal lived in the nest. Lady AB just repeated what the little girl before her said (‘A rosella’) and was rewarded with a tiny chocolate egg inside her nest. That kept her extremely happy for the rest of the session, which involved Tai reading from The Family Hour in Australia.    Tai Snaith

Sticks and Stones was an excellent workshop for 2-5 year olds as it combined storytime with craft and lots of conversations about animals and using your imagination. Also the preview we had of ‘Sticks and Stones – Animal Homes’ indicate that it will be just as lovely to read as The Family Hour in Australia, so it’s going on our bookshelf wishlist. We haven’t been able to find a release date yet.

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cupcake central

In the second week of school holidays Highpoint Shopping Centre are holding free cupcake decorating classes for kids with Cupcake Central. It was a fun event for little ones with delicious results for mum and dad!

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As Lady AB decorated an apron at last week’s school holiday activity at Highpoint she insisted that she wear her cupcake apron for cupcake making. Along with about 20 other little girls and boys we sat down for a 45 minute session to roll, stamp and sprinkle different fondant icing and to pipe frosting onto freshly baked vanilla cupcakes.

cupcake central

cupcake central

Being Easter the theme was all about eggs and bunnies and baby chicks. Each child was given four cupcakes to decorate with their choice of fondant and frosting.

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There were quite a few instructions to follow throughout the class and it was great to see the teachers being so patient and the little kids all paying attention quietly. A couple of times I caught Lady AB looking a bit stunned by all the information – but she is three years old after all and probably one of youngest participants.

cupcake central

cupcake central

The best thing was that each child was able to take home their creations and were even presented with a certificate for completing the class. Lady AB was so proud of her cupcakes that she clutched the box all the way through the shopping centre (while still wearing her cupcake apron) to many amused glances from passers-by.

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The cupcakes also ended up being a useful incentive for inspiring good behaviour too – I told her that we could only eat them after dinner when Daddy came home and every time she misbehaved I threatened that we would throw the cupcakes in the bin!

The cupcake decorating workshop is being held in front of David Jones on level 2 every day this week until Thursday 17 April from 11am – 2pm. Limited spots are still available and if you’re lucky there may be no shows as well. In our session at least 6 kids were able to walk up and join the class.

And yes, each of us had a cupcake for dessert tonight. Yum!

Cupcake Decorating Workshop with Cupcake CentralHighpoint Shopping Centre, 200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong

Monday 14 April – Thursday 17 April Daily at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm

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NOT: Gum Disease / Periodontitis after Pregnancy

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HOT: The Wizard of Oz, Altona City Theatre, 115 Civic Parade, Altona

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