Easter fanatics and hot cross bun purists, don’t panic; these Hot Cross Sticky Buns isn’t some attempt to usurp a beloved Easter staple or to reinvent a classic. This is just a story about a big ass sugar craving for molten stick-to-your-teeth scrolls of cinnamon goodness. However using plain sweet bread as the base wasn’t going to cut it this time. I wanted spices, raisins, extra cinnamon and a bit more hot-cross-bun-fierceness. This is like delving into the best of both worlds and having my greedy fingers in two pies. I can have my two buns and eat it too because honey, I’m wurrrrrth it!
I used my favourite hot cross bun recipe that I love love so much. It’s such a winner especially for somebody who doesn’t get down with the yeast that often. The texture is insanely good and better than what you get at the stores. Even if I’ve over-baked the exterior a little (guilty many times over), the bun inside is always soft and super fluffy. Sticky bun or not, you simply must try this homemade version at least once every Easter. I enjoy it all year round :)
I love nothing more than peeling away the sides of this bun and eyeing off the layers laced with brown sugar and cinnamon. Then there is the caramel pecan-studded top. Gor-geous.
I chose not to over-indulge this time round and kept the caramel topping at a minimum because I wanted this sweet but not sickeningly so. Kind of more of a sticky toffee glaze rather than a full-blown oozing cascade. But heck, if you want to get all caramel-running-down-your-fingers-dirty then go right ahead and make these babies some extra ooze to bathe in.