New Recipe: Formula for perfect hot cross bun is found – but not everyone agrees

The ultimate way to eat a hot cross bun includes two buns per sitting, a 62 second toasting, a slathering of butter, served with a cup of tea at precisely 11am, according to research amongst 2,000 shoppers.

The study, commissioned by Aldi, included a ‘Toastometer’ selection process, which led to the findings.

The results will likely cause some debate though, with 1 in 5 Brits admitting to arguing over how toasted a hot cross bun should be; a small group of extremists claim to eat them untoasted (7%) and 1% of respondents said they prefer them well done – cremating them for three minutes in the toaster.

The study also found that while 70% of purists opt to spread their buns with butter, the avant-garde trend for mixing sweet and salty flavour combinations was apparent amongst respondents.

Unusual toppings called out in the findings included beans, smashed avocado and smoked salmon & cream cheese. Other experimental respondents even said they like to try a hot cross bun chicken burger, or hot cross bun ice cream sandwich.

The UK’s top 10 most unusual hot cross bun toppings

  1. Hot cross bun with cheese
  2. Hot cross bun with bacon
  3. Hot cross bun ice cream sandwich
  4. Hot cross bun with marmite
  5. Hot cross bun chicken burger
  6. Hot cross bun with brie and prosciutto
  7. Hot cross bun with salmon & cheese
  8. Hot cross bun with pear & stilton
  9. Hot cross bun with beans
  10. Hot cross bun with smashed avocado

The research comes as Aldi launches its biggest range of hot cross buns to date, with innovative flavour combinations such as Salted Caramel & Belgian Chocolate, Chilli & Cheese, and Rhubarb & Custard.

Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi UK, said: “We’ve always known that hot cross buns are hugely popular in UK households, but have never truly identified the perfect formula for the Ultimate Hot Cross Bun until now.

“While it’s apparent that convention rules, with most opting for a traditional hot cross bun with butter, it’s great to see that Brits are keen to experiment with more exotic toppings and flavour combinations.

“This year’s hot cross bun range is our most biggest and best yet, and award winning too, showing that exceptionally delicious products need not come with a high price tag.”

Whilst the average Brit enjoys 12 buns a year, Londoners are the biggest hot-cross-bun-lovers consuming an average of 17, whilst in comparison, the relatively bun-shy people of Yorkshire, indulge in just seven. Half of respondents said they would love to see them sold on shelves all year.

Less adventurous shoppers will be happy to know that Aldi is also stocking its traditional flavoured buns such as the Specially Selected Luxury Fruited Hot Cross Bun, which won best ‘Hot Cross Bun’ in this year’s Good Housekeeping Easter Taste Test, beating M&S, Waitrose and Sainsburys to the post despite costing 65% less.

What’s more, to celebrate the nation’s palette for the weird and wonderful, Aldi has created a selection of unique hot cross bun recipes. To find out more about Aldi’s hot cross bun products and recipes, visit: www.aldi.co.uk

ALDI’S HOT CROSS BUN RECIPES

Aldi’s Specially Selected Bramley Apple Hot Cross Buns with Black Pudding and Bacon

Switch up your weekend breakfast sandwich with filled apple hot cross buns.

Serves: 4

Prep time – 2 mins

Cook time – 10 mins

Ingredients

1 x 4 pack Aldi Specially Selected Bramley Apple Hot Cross Buns

2 x Slices Black Pudding

8 x Slices Dry Cured Unsmoked Streaky Bacon

20g Watercress

A little Salted Butter

Method

Slice the black pudding slices in half lengthways.

Grill the bacon and the black pudding slices till crisp.

Split the hot cross buns – toast and lightly butter.

Stack a slice of black pudding, two slices of bacon and some leaves between each bun and serve.

Dietary information

Vegetarian: no

Vegan: no

Organic: no

Gluten free: no

Dairy free: no

Cuisine: British

Meal: Breakfast or Brunch

Aldi’s Specially Selected Caramel & Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Recipe description

Layer these tasty Caramel and Chocolate Hot Cross Buns with bananas and peanut butter for a sweet snack.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 2 minutes

Ingredients

1 X 4 pack Aldi’s Specially Selected Caramel and Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

2 X Bananas

130g Smooth Peanut Butter

Method

Peel and slice the bananas.

Split and lightly toast the hot cross buns.

Spread all eight pieces with the peanut butter.

Sandwich each bun with the sliced bananas and serve.

Dietary information

Vegetarian: yes

Vegan: no

Organic: no

Gluten free: no

Diary free: no

Cuisine: American

Meal: Brunch or a Dessert

Aldi’s Specially Selected Chilli & Cheese Hot Cross Buns with Chicken and Slaw

Recipe description

A delicious take on your everyday chicken burger with Chilli and Cheese hot cross buns.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 3 minutes

Cook time: 14 minutes

Ingredients

1 X 4 pack Aldi’s Specially Selected Chilli and Cheese Hot Cross Buns

4 X Small Chicken Breasts

100g Cheese Slaw

20g Baby Spinach Leaves

30ml Sunflower Oil

Method

Slightly flatten the chicken breasts, season with some salt and pepper.

Griddle or grill the chicken breasts for 14mins – turning as you cook.

Slice the hot cross buns and lightly toast.

Serve each bun with a chicken breast, leaves and cheese slaw.

Serving suggestions

Great served with Aldi’s Specially Selected Jalapeno Chilli Jam.

Dietary information

Vegetarian: no

Vegan: no

Organic: no

Gluten free: no

Dairy free: no

Cuisine: British

Meal: Main

Aldi’s Specially Selected Honeycomb Hot Cross Buns with Pear and Stilton

Recipe description

A tasty combination of pear, blue stilton and walnut pieces layered on honeycomb hot cross buns.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

Ingredients

1 X 4 pack Aldi’s Specially Selected Honeycomb Hot Cross Buns

1 X Large Ripe Pear

120g Roquefort or Blue Stilton Cheese

30g Walnut Pieces

Method

Crumble the cheese.

Break up the walnuts.

Wipe the pear and thinly slice, discard any seeds.

Split the hot cross buns.

Divide the sliced pears between the four bases, then sprinkle over the cheese and the walnuts.

Put under a grill and cook till the cheese starts to melt.

Lightly grill the cut sides of the tops and place on top of the bases and serve.

Dietary information

Vegetarian: yes

Vegan: no

Organic: no

Gluten free: no

Dairy free: no

Cuisine: British

Meal: Lunch

Aldi’s Specially Selected Luxury Brioche Hot Cross Buns with Sausage & Cheese

Recipe description

Indulge in this delicious savoury twist on traditional hot cross buns.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 14 minutes

Ingredients

1 X 4 pack Aldi’s Specially Selected Luxury Brioche Hot Cross Buns

400g Sausages

80g Grated Cheddar Cheese

1 X Red Onion

30ml Olive Oil

Method

With a sharp knife, cut the skins from the sausages and discard.

Mix the sausage meat together and divide into four balls.

With the back of your hand squash them down to make patties.

Peel and slice the red onion.

In a large frying pan saute the patties for 14 mins, turning as you cook.

Add the red onion slices halfway through the cooking time and fry alongside the patties.

Split the hot cross buns and lightly toast.

Serve each bun filled with a pork patty, grated cheddar cheese and some caramelised onion slices.

Dietary information

Vegetarian – no

Vegan – no

Organic – no

Gluten free – no

Dairy free – no

Cuisine: British

Meal: Breakfast or Brunch

Aldi’s Specially Selected Triple Berry Hot Cross Buns with Brie & Prosciutto

Recipe description

Enjoy a simply delicious brie and prosciutto filling on sweet berry hot cross buns.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 mins

Ingredients

1 X 4 pack Aldi’s Specially Selected Triple Berry Hot Cross Buns

120g French Brie

8 X Slices Prosciutto

20g Rocket

A little Butter

Method

Thinly slice the brie.

Split the hot cross buns, lightly toast and butter.

Divide the brie and rocket between the buns and two slices of ham.

Dietary information

Vegetarian: no

Vegan: no

Organic: no

Gluten free: no

Dairy free: no

Cuisine: French

Meal: Lunch or Brunch

Aldi’s Specially Selected Raspberry & White Chocolate Hot Cross Buns with Ice Cream

Recipe description

A delicious dessert of warmed raspberry and white chocolate hot cross buns topped with ice cream and raspberries.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 2 minutes

Cook time: 2 minutes

Ingredients

1 x pack 4 Aldi’s Specially Selected Raspberry and White Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

100g fresh raspberries

4 x scoops of your favourite ice cream (we used strawberry)

80ml maple syrup

Method

Split the hot cross buns and lightly toast.

Serve each one filled with a scoop of ice cream – fresh raspberries and drizzled with the maple syrup.

Dietary information

Vegetarian – yes

Vegan – no

Organic – no

Dairy free – no

Cuisine: American

Meal: Dessert

Aldi’s Specially Selected Rhubarb & Custurd Hot Cross Buns with Whipped Custard Cream

Recipe description

Mix up your traditional rhubarb and custard dessert with hot cross buns, grated chocolate and whipped custard cream.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

1 x 4 pack Aldi’s Specially Selected Rhubarb & Custurd Hot Cross Buns

100ml Double Cream

100ml Readymade Custard

25g Dark Chocolate

Method

Split the hot cross buns and lightly toast.

Grate the chocolate.

Whip the cream and fold through the custard and the grated chocolate.

Divide the whipped custard cream between the buns and serve.

Dietary information

Vegetarian: yes

Vegan: no

Organic: no

Gluten free: no

Dairy free: no

Cuisine: British

Meal: Dessert




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