Hot Cross Buns

Light and fluffy Hot Cross Buns with delicious spices and raisins. Recipe with step-by-step photos.

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Hot Cross Buns

For as long as I can remember, Easter has always been celebrated in my family with a batch or two of Hot Cross Buns.

This sentiment only amplified when I moved to Switzerland and discovered that these spiced buns were not as universal as the religious festival.



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Cinnamon Doughnuts

Nothing beats hot and fresh cinnamon doughnuts, and this is an easy donut recipe using yeast to produce light and fluffy doughnuts rolled in cinnamon sugar.

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Hot Cinnamon Doughnuts

I love, love doughnuts. I particularly love them hot, fresh from the vat and sprinkled with lots of sugar and ground cinnamon. Give me a doughnut and a cup of coffee for breakfast and I’m a happy camper.



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Kugelhopf

Kugelhopf recipe with step-by-step photos. A kugelhopf is a yeasted bread, similar to a French brioche, which is perfect at breakfast or morning tea. Make this kugelhopf plain, with raisins or other dried fruits.

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What is a Kugelhopf?

A kugelhopf is a yeasted bread which has been baked in a special mold, and it is typically served at breakfast in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The taste and texture of a kugelhopf is quite similar to a French brioche, although the butter and sugar content can vary a bit between recipes.



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Fruit Loaf

Fruit Loaf recipe with step-by-step photos. This easy and delicious Fruit Loaf is perfect at breakfast, whether served warm or toasted. A great base recipe and you can different types of dried fruits and spices.

fruit loaf on wire rack

Fruit Loaf Recipe

If I had to choose my favourite meal of the day, it might have to be breakfast. But having just said that, those close to me might sneer and jest, for the truth is, I often value sleep too much to be bothered with breakfast.



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Crumpets … or something similar

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I had a sudden inkling to make crumpets the other day, somewhat unusual because I was only ever a mild fan of these yeasted breads when I was a child. My memories of crumpets are of the shop-bought kind which were round, thick and spongy in texture. Once lightly toasted, a generous slather of butter was obligatory, as was a good dollop of runny honey or jam. As a child, perhaps the allure of crumpets was watching the butter and honey disappear into the many little holes (or, rather, air bubbles) on the surface, which would inevitably end up dribbling down your chin as you took a bite into the warm bread.

Perhaps it is because I’ve had more time to contemplate breakfast lately that crumpets came to mind, and coupled with my New Year’s resolution to bake more with yeast (which I haven’t ventured near since typing up those resolutions), that I committed myself to the task of making them at home.

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