Easter Time in the Kitchen

The easter school holidays are a challenge with older school-going kids, boredom literally lives with us. (que (MASSIVE) eyeroll).

Luckily we found a really fun and culturally important life-skill to add to our arsenal of culinary skills.  Grace Stevens offers the best baking classes from the Bosch Experience kitchen in Cape Town (with a view) and we happily spent the morning with Grace baking the most incredibly beautiful hot cross buns. Her recipe is below, so I strongly advise that you lock yourself in the kitchen and try this recipe.  ENJOY AND HAVE A HAPPY EASTER.

Hot Cross Bun Recipe



750 ml white bread flour

1 sachet instant yeast

5 ml salt

80 ml castor sugar

300 ml milk

1 large egg

60 g soft butter

10 ml ground cinnamon

5 ml ground mixed spice

3 ml ground cloves

200 g fruit cake mix


250 ml flour

25 ml castor sugar

150 ml water


60 ml milk

60 ml castor sugar


  1. Place flour, sugar, salt and butter into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add spices and fruit cake mix, combine.
  3. Pour yeast into milk, add egg and mix well.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture. Mix well and turn out onto a floured work surface.
  5. Knead until dough is silky. The raisins will go everywhere, this is totally normal.
  6. Leave in a large glass bowl for 45 minutes to double in size. Cover with a towel or cling film.
  7. Turn out the dough onto a clean surface and knead for a minute. Divide into 16 equal pieces.
  8. Roll each piece into a round bread roll and place onto a greased baking sheet, leaving some space in between for the buns to rise.
  9. Cover with a dish towel and leave to rise for 30 Minutes. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  10. Mix crosses ingredients and pour sticky mixture into a zip lock bag or a piping bag.
  11. Snip the corner of the zip lock bag or piping bag and pipe crosses onto the buns.
  12. Place buns into the oven and reduce the temperature to 180°C. Bake for 25 minutes, until buns are golden on the top and sound hollow when tapped.
  13. Combine the glaze ingredients and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds to prevent boiling over.
  14. Brush glaze over the buns and cool on a wire rack.
  15. Serve with butter, cheese or jam.

To view more of Grace’s recipes or more of her hands-on cooking course on offer, visit www.gracestevens.co.za.

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