Hot Cross Blondies

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Hot Cross Blondies

With Easter just around the corner, my thoughts are turning to chocolate, spice and all things nice. My mother-in-law gifted us generous amounts of Hotel Chocolat goodies last weekend which have already been eaten (chocolate = perfect fuel for middle-of-the-night nursing), but luckily there’s a batch of these sweet, squidgy Hot Cross Blondies in our freezer. Mellow with warming seasonal spices, a kick of citrus and plump dried fruit, these blondies are the perfect afternoon tea treat for the long Easter weekend and can also be dressed up, warm, with ice cream for a decadent dessert.

Hot Cross Blondies

Hot Cross Blondies

It’s hard to beat a toasted hot cross bun slathered in salty butter, but my all-time favourite way to eat them is scone-style, smothered in clotted cream with a dollop of homemade jam. Entirely over the top, but justifiable once a year for Easter breakfast (followed, or even preceded, by rounds of chocolate eggs). These blondies, however, are definitely in dessert territory, with the signature hot cross bun ingredients of mixed spice, candied citrus and plump sultanas stirred into a chewy, gooey bar.

I developed these Hot Cross Blondies for Great British Chefs, along with a Simnel Spiced Carrot Cake, both of which you can find on their website. The blondies freeze beautifully if you want to bake ahead of your Easter weekend (Luke actually prefers to eat them frozen), as does the carrot cake if you leave the frosting off.

Hot Cross Blondies

Hot Cross Blondies

We’re planning a very quiet Easter this year. For those of you who have been asking (thank you for your sweet emails and messages), we still don’t have a date for Nino’s arterial switch operation. They wanted him as big as possible beforehand and he seems to be bucking the trend of cardiac babies by putting on weight like a trooper. Anyone would think he’d inherited some greedy genes . . . Anyway, as long as he continues to thrive, the waiting game continues, but I would guess we’ll be admitted within a month. Once that happens, things may be pretty quiet round here, but we’re hoping to emerge the other side with a healthy, happy-hearted baby boy and maybe even some baby food posts in the not-too-distant future. I am so excited to introduce this little man of ours to the glorious world of food beyond the boob.

Whatever you have planned this Easter, I hope it’s a sweet one for you and yours. XOXOXO

Hot Cross Blondies

Other Easter recipes you might enjoy:

Hot Cross Buns
Healthier Wholemeal Hot Cross Loaf
Creme Egg Ice Cream
Chocolate Caramel Layer Cake


7 RESPONSES TO Hot Cross Blondies

  1. Happy Easter! These look lovely.

    I am glad Nino is doing so well, and I can tell you I so looked forward to weaning and introducing Zoe to food, but in hindsight, enjoy the lack of mess and simplicity of boobing! 🙂 x

  2. Molly F.C. -

    YES! I wholeheartedly second Nelly’s comment about the simplicity of breastfeeding. It can be overwhelming when Baby wants to nurse all.of.the.time. (hello, I’m looking at you, my eldest), but the ease & portability of breast milk cannot be beat. Your little man is lucky, though, when it becomes his time to be guided into wondrous cuisines as he has you & Daddy to teach him.

  3. This is a brilliant idea!! Those blondies look soooo perfectly chewy!!

  4. What a lovely idea! These look absolutely scrumptious!

  5. olivia Kirby -

    These look so scrummy!

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