Hot cross buns aren't necessarily hard to make, they're just a little time consuming. The yeasted dough likes to sit about, lazily getting fatter and fatter until it's knocked back down ready for it's second growth. Don't let the hands off time put you off, just choose a day when you're in the house anyway.
Call me a curmudgeon, but I have never been able to fathom the baking craze. Not that I don't hold in high esteem the skill and talent required. But behind this refined, sugary, lardy, high-carb cooking spree that has become our national obsession, all these floury delights and their cheap mass production imitations are making everyone bigger.
Baking and cakes have seen a huge surge in popularity over the past few years and the nation has truly embraced the trend. This event celebrates the very best cakes - from the finest tea room slice to the many varieties on the shelves of supermarkets, bakery shops and retail food chains across the country.
There is a really sensible progression through the cookbook so that you 'learn' as you go along. A lot of the recipes need a good bit of prep work but there are enough that can be made quickly when you need a sugar hit. Also while many of the ideas are complicated or require practiced skills they are well explained and worth trying out.