Hot Cross Buns – Sorted Food

I’ve been debating or not whether I should write this entry and I decided to trust my gut. I’m just going to be honest and yes, not all recipes turn out exactly quite right. I just want to point out to all the cooks and bakers…it’s okay to experience defeat in the kitchen. It’s an experience. Your kitchen’s atmosphere, appliances, cook/ bake ware isn’t the same as the one used in the recipe. Have another go at it (when you’re mentally prepared), don’t give up. When a recipe doesn’t turn out the way I expected it to be, I tend to steer away from cooking/ baking similar foods, until I’m ready to give it another shot (most likely not though).


I attempted to make Hot Cross Buns (recipe from Sorted Food) and I failed. I find baking breads the hardest. I don’t know what I did wrong, I didn’t skip any steps and I even left the dough out to rise longer than the recipe called for.

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I had a slight feeling that this bread recipe wasn’t going to turn out right. The dough took longer to rise (I even put it in the oven with a pot of hot water, to speed up the ‘waiting for the dough to rise’ part).  The bread was in the oven, baking for longer than the recipe called for. Even though it was my first time baking these buns (they turned out hard as a rock), I enjoyed the every step; from buying ingredients to taking photos.

Click here to view the video recipe or here to be directed to the recipe on Sorted Food’s website.

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4 thoughts on “Hot Cross Buns – Sorted Food

  1. Sorry to hear that! I’ve had my fair share of failures, too. I like that you posted about yours. People need to talk about food failures more often!

    • Hi Shauna. I love Sorted Food and their techniques but it was such a disappointment when the buns turned out bad. It was literally like a stone. I’m glad to hear that I’m not only one! Thanks for taking time to check out my blog.

  2. I recently spent ages making an 8-strand plaited loaf. I was really happy when it went in the oven, but when it came out the stands had lost all definition! It puts me off for a while but then makes me more determined to get it right!

    • I totally understand how you felt! It would look PERFECT going into the oven and when it comes out of the oven…a tornado must have swept through. Keep at it. : )

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