Norwegian Hot Cross Buns

First of all, Norwegian Hot Cross Buns don’t exist for anyone else. Knowing this was Ash Wednesday, I thought of a special breakfast as John and I walked to the creek. I could make a quick version of the buns before David got up. Well, I was wrong on many counts. Hot Cross Buns are English, and they should be served on Good Friday, not Ash Wednesday. I called my creation Norwegian, because I used cardamom in the dough. Cardamom is featured in many Norwegian baked goods, especially Christmas cookies. I earned another error mark for the wrong season of the year. My last mistake was thinking David wouldn’t be awake early on his day off. He came in the kitchen as I was rolling out the dough.

Despite all these missteps early in the day, we enjoyed our yeast buns that included raisins, almonds, cardamom, and vanilla icing. There was a duet of vocal resistance when I said I’d freeze the leftovers for Good Friday. I guess when you mess up all the cultural rules, you might as well eat up your mistakes in a matter of days.

30 thoughts on “Norwegian Hot Cross Buns

  1. Sounds wonderful and Good Friday HCB’s sounds great too. May I please have to recipe, pretty please? I have a recipe given by a Swedish friend, for cardamom bread, if you’d like it I’ll send it too you.

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    1. We substituted waffles for pancakes yesterday because we just bought a new waffle machine. We got our ashes at the 7 pm service, though Nathaniel went to church near his college at 7:30 this morning. I’d love to taste good scrapple. Ordered it once in a restaurant and took it home for the cat. Cat wouldn’t eat it, either. Hope you can warm up soon. It was 17F when we walked this morning.

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