I'm very strict about hot cross buns.
The crosses are rustic.
I used the recipe in Mary Berry's Baking Bible. The dough was very sticky and needed quite a lot of extra flour in order to knead it . Next time I will add the liquids more cautiously.
Yesterday I made a scripture cake, sometimes known as Bible cake. This isn't an Easter recipe as such, but I thought it was appropriate.
I've made one once before as a gift to my grandmother. This time I used the recipe in the British Book of Baking although I imperialized the quantities. It is a Victorian recipe and would originally have been in imperial measures. The recipe is a kind of puzzle. The British Book of Baking says it 'required a certain knowledge of the Bible'. Nonsense, one can make it perfectly well with no knowledge of the Bible, you do need a Bible handy though.
If you don't have a bible handy highlight the area after each ingredient to find out what it should be.
8oz Judges 5:25, last clause butter
8oz Jeremiah 6:20 sugar- light brown muscovado for preference
1 tablespoon 1 Samuel 14:25 honey
3 Jeremiah 17:11 eggs, beaten
8oz 1 Samuel 30:12 raisins
6oz Nahum 3:12 soft dried figs, chopped
3oz Numbers 17:8 blanched almond, flaked or chopped
12oz 1 Kings 4:22 plain flour
1 teaspoon 2 Chronicles 9:9 mixed spice
1 teaspoon Amos 4:5 baking powder
a pinch of Leviticus 2:13 salt
6 tablepoons Judges 4:19 milk
III enlisted the help of my elder son to look up the bible references, although there was no real need as they were printed at the bottom of the recipe. He enjoyed his little quest. If you know anything at all about cake making you will probably be able to guess a lot of the ingredients from the instructions.
1) In a large mixing bowl cream together the Judges 5:25 with the Jeremiah 6:20 and the 1 Samuel 14:25 until light and fluffy.
2) Add the Jeremiah 17:11 gradually beating well after each addition.
3) Stir in the 1 Samuel 30:12, the Nahum 3:12 and the Numbers 17:8
4) Mix the 1 Kings 4:22 with the 2 Chronicles 9:9, the Amos 4:5 and the Leviticus 2:13.
Fold it all into the mixture in the bowl with the judges 4;19
Grease and base line an 8 inch deep cake tin.
Pour in the cake mixture and bake at 170°c/150°c fan oven/gas 3 for 1½-2 hours.
I shall probably be around on Easter Day but if not, happy Easter to you all.