I’ve tasted Heston’s Earl Grey & Mandarin Hot Cross Buns… should you put them in the trolley or leave them on the shelf?
The standard hot cross bun is a sweet spiced breaded bun diced with vine and candied fruits with a white cross on the top. Simple, but enjoyable! In past it was just sold on Good Friday, but now the demand is such that it sits on supermarket shelves 24×7. Good Friday treat every-day for the shopper then, but also for the shelf-wise supermarkets!
To stop the shopper getting bored and to keep the hot cross buns moving off the shelves there is continuous flow of additions to the traditional recipe. Popular ones are: chocolate, cranberry, toffee and dates. They are all still bit part players when compared to the original hot cross bun.
Heston is known for pushing the aroma and the flavour combination boundaries with his recipes. Is his Earl Grey & Mandarin Hot Cross Bun ‘really out there’? At first glance you may think yes! Dissect the ingredients a little and you’ll find that he has not strayed too far from the traditional candied fruit ingredients. For example, the Mandarin Orange & the Earl Grey are both citrus fruit based. The Earl Grey’s pronounced floral notes are mainly from bergamot oil which is extracted from the rind of a Bergamot orange. Clever or what?
Yes put them in the trolley if you enjoy the smell and taste of Earl Grey Tea. You don’t get them for a penny anymore, but they are a flavoursome addition to the Hot Cross Bun range.
Heston Earl Grey & Mandarin Hot Cross Buns
Waitrose Richly Fruited Hot Cross Buns
A well-crafted moreish hot cross bun that combines citrus and fruit flavours well. If the style, size and price fits – put a pack in the trolley.