Easter is just around the corner and that means Hot Cross Buns! I love the flavours of Hot Cross Buns but also like to mix things up a bit, so when SAGE offered me the chance to try out their Sage by Heston Blumenthal No-Mess Waffle maker, I set myself a challenge to make Hot Cross Bun Waffles!
Hot Cross Bun Waffles
As you can see above, Hot Cross Bun Waffles come with their own built-in cross, which I enhanced slightly with er…a bit of chocolate syrup, you know the kind you put on ice cream. What better to fill those gaps between the waffle quarters than some sweet chocolate syrup? You could use any sweet sauce you like or simply drizzle with melted butter. If you really want a white cross then I would suggest melted white chocolate would do the trick, or check out my Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake recipe where I show you how to create a cross using a dusting of cocoa powder or icing sugar.
Making waffles is really simple, the ingredients are similar to those you would use for muffins and the method is pretty similar too i.e. add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. The difference is that there is more liquid making more of a pancake-type batter consistency. I added the spices and citrus flavours of Hot Cross Buns to a classic waffle batter and created Hot Cross Bun Waffles.
The Sage by Heston Blumenthal No Mess Waffle has the following great features:
- Power/Darkness Control – so you can customise your waffle colour from dark to light
- Die-cast aluminium cooking plate
- PFOA-free non-stick
- An integrated moat – as you can see from the photo above, judging exactly the right amount of batter is not always easy, but it overflows into the moat and comes off cleanly. No mess, no waste.
- Stainless Steel housing which looks smart and is easy to clean
- Locking latch for storage
- Power light to show that the unit is on
- Ready light to let you know when the unit has reached cooking temperature
The Sage by Heston Blumenthal No Mess Waffle RRP £99.95 and you’ll find full tech specification, downloadable instruction book and helpful videos by visiting the Sage website.
How to make Hot Cross Bun Waffles
- 295 g self raising flour
- 55 g caster superfine sugar
- zest of half a lemon
- zest of half an orange
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 50 g raisins roughly chopped
- 125 g butter melted and cooled slightly
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 430 ml milk
Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl, add the chopped raisins.
Whisk the milk, eggs and vanilla together in another bowl.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture and the melted butter and lightly whisk the ingredients until combined. Do not over mix, it should still be slightly lumpy.
Let the batter rest while pre-heating the waffle maker.
Turn the POWER/DARKNESS control dial to your desired setting, I used setting 5. Wait until the READY light illuminates.,
Pour approximately 125 ml (I found a 1/2 cup measure was about right) of batter evenly onto the centre of the waffle plate and close the lid.
At the end of the cooking cycle, open the lid and carefully remove your waffle.
Repeat with the remaining batter.
Make a cross in the waffle indentations using melted chocolate or chocolate syrup and add the toppings of your choice.
Use only non-stick friendly spatulas to help remove your waffle. Make sure you dip right down to get some raisins in each waffle. For consistent results, put the next batch of batter in immediately after removing the cooked waffle. By Farmersgirl Kitchen Adapted from Sage by Heston Blumenthal - Classic Waffle Recipe
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I’m adding the Hot Cross Bun Waffles for Recipe of the Week Linky over at A Mummy Too, check out Emily’s great recipes and those added to the Linky too.
Looking for more waffle inspiration? Here are some great recipes from top UK food bloggers:
Parmesan & Paprika Potato Waffles by Kavey Eats
Orange & Thyme Waffles with Blueberry Compote by Recipes from a Pantry
Haggis Waffles by Foodie Quine
Marmite Waffles by Kavey Eats
Apple, Cinnamon and Maple Syrup Waffles by Foodie Quine
Sprialized Sweet Potato Latkes in the Waffle maker by Family Friends Food
Potato Rosti Waffles by Fab Food 4 All
Alternatives to Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Balls (vegan and gluten free) by Veggie Desserts
Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake by Farmersgirl Kitchen
Alternative Hot Cross Buns
Kavey’s Hot Multi-cultural Buns by Kavey Eats
Coconut and Mango Hot Cross Buns by Recipes from a Pantry
Hot Magen David Buns by Family Friends Food
Hot Cross Bun Puddings
Hot Cross Bun Pudding (a la mode) by United Cakedom
Slow Cooker Hot Cross Bun and Butter Pudding by Munchies & Munchkins
Disclaimer: I received the Sage by Heston Blumenthal No Mess Waffle maker to review and create a recipe. I was not paid and all opinions are my own.