Sainsburys hot cross buns.
From Sainsburys, slightly different package from the one shown above, as it is now blue in colour.
As we were shopping around Sainsbury,s were drawn to a crowd of people around a little stall that was set up in the corner of the store, so went over to have a little nosey just to see what was going on, the lady behind the stall was selling Hot Cross Buns, there were little samples of these buns available so that you could have a try before you buy.
I prefer mine Hot so cut mine in half and then stick them into my toaster, they just about fit which is great as they toast to a lovely golden colour and come out pipping hot, which is good, as I enjoy my butter melting on the top of them.
They are quite sticky and can also be eaten cold, but as I mentioned I prefer mine hot. They were costing £1.00 for a six packet, which I did find a little pricey but perhaps they will come down in price next week. These are tradiationally given out on Good friday, to symbalise the cross representing the crucifix, and the spices inside to represent the spices that christ was rapped in, I do enjoy these and am looking forward to when you can get the special offers of two for a pound as one pack is never enough.
They come in a thin plastic bag, for best results, preheat your grill in the oven, cook on a moderate heat for a few minutes, until golden brown, (lovely hot) as the butter melts on top of them.
You can freeze them too, but you must use within one month of doing so, ensuring that you defrost fully before use. Use within 24 hours, but you cannot refrease once defrosted.
The plastic is not recyclable, but the thin carboard that the buns sit on is.
Allergy Advice: contains wheat, gluten and soya.
These buns are suitable for vegetarians, shown as a V on a green background.
The flavourings in this packet are made from natural sources.
Although these buns have a high sugar content, the sugar is mostly found naturally in the fruit.
I really enjoy these and the only problem is one packet is never enough.
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As today is Good Friday I served hot cross buns for breakfast much to my childrens delight! I tend to buy supermarket own brand hot cross buns and as I shopped in Sainsbury's this week it was their own brand buns I bought.
Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday, with the cross on the top of the bun symbolising the crucifixion. The bread of the bun is a representation of the bread used in the Holy Communion, and the spices used represent the spices Jesus was wrapped in. However there is evidence to show that bun with crosses were eaten in pre Christian times. The cross may well represent the 4 quarters of the moon. The first reference to hot cross buns as we know them is in 1733, with the rhyme that end-the old woman runs with 1 or 2 a penny hot cross buns.
Sainsbury's sell several different versions of hot cross buns. I opted for a pack of 6 buns available from the in store bakery. The buns are plainly wrapped in clear cellophane with the buns clearly visable.The buns look appetising enough with their golden sugar glazed top.
I always serve hot cross buns hot as the name suggests! However they can be eaten cold straight from the pack. I like to eat them with lots of unsalted butter. If you like you can add jam. The Sainsbury's version smells delicious as they are heating. Overall I am quite impressed with the taste of these buns. They have plenty of fruit including currents and raisins. I would have liked a bit more spice as I could only detect a hint. They are sweet but not overly so, and the top is a good colour, with a clear cross. The bread of the bun is a good consistency and not too doughy as with some brands I have sampled.
As you would expect these buns are only available from Sainsbury's supermarkets. They are available all year round. They are presently on offer at two packs of 6 buns for just £1.
Since it is almost Easter time I thought I would buy some Hot Cross buns while out shopping as I always want to buy them at Easter as it is for me the start of Spring and makes me feel better for some unknown reason.
I just adore these buns they taste to me like a teacake and have a mixture of sweet and savoury flavour which I love.
There are 6 buns in a plastic wrapper which is recycable and they are round with a cross at the top of the bun and plain at the botton, the cross is kind of like a hard sweet filling and the bun itself has a mixture of fruit which are currants, sultanas and raisins but not a lot of them, just a few of each in each bun.
Each bun is approximately 6 inches and they can be sliced and which you can spread butter over them or add jam or spread these 2 on the bun and add cream, they are so versatile you can add almost anything you wish but I just prefer the butter myself.
They are good for guests for when they may visit you at the holiday break or just for yourself and your family to share.
I bought these for 71p from Sainsburys and the normal price is £1.42 so I bought 2 for the price of one to stock in my freezer as they are ideal for freezing, some people do not like to freeze these kind of products but I freeze almost everything and for the low price it is better to buy them and store them. They are perfectly fine when they come out of the freezer and they can also be placed into a plastic or airtight container plastic to keep fresh if you are going to use them a couple of days. This way they are best used within 48 hours.
I like to also toast mine and let the butter melt, they are absolutely delicious and tasty and I always find myself having a second one as they are so yummy. They are excellent for a snack and filling and lovely with a cup of tea or coffee.
If the weather is nice over the holiday weekend they are good to take on a picnic or if you are having a family get together they are ideal for the little party you may be having, and most people love this product.
There are a lot of bargains to be had at the moment so try and see if you can first buy this product at a reduced price and save yourself some money.
I give it a 5 star.
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I've had a few hot cross buns already this year and thought I'd try the Sainsbury's ones because their own brand bready/cakey stuff is usually nice. The packaging has changed and they come in a blue wrapper now but there are still 6 buns in a pack and the ones I had looked just like the ones you can see in the photo Dooyoo have got up.
They're yummy, proper nice with a lovely spicey flavour and loads of currants and sultanas inside them. The white crosses are proper thin and that's good because some I had from Morrisons last week had such thick crosses that I could actually taste them and they tasted a bit raw.
I always toast my hot cross buns and you're deffo better off to do that with these ones because toasting them brings the flavours out better and lets you taste the orange peel more. There are LOADS of sultanas, raisins and currants in these hot cross buns and they're wickedly juicy and fresh tasting. I'm not mad keen on fruity things but when it comes to hot cross buns the more the better!!!
The best way to have these is lightly toasted so that the colour just starts going golden brown, if you do them too much you lose a lot of the taste and it just starts tasting like toast. When you've done that spread it with loads of butter and you're sorted for a yummy hot cross bun!
These have got a lovely texture, they're soft and a bit stodgy and mega filling. I had one for my breakfast this morning and didn't even start feeling peckish until about 1pm and that's a bit of a miracle considering it was gone in 4 bites! lol
I love the fruity taste of them and also that the mixed spices they've used are quite strong, some hot cross buns just taste like bread rolls with fruit in them but you could tell these were something special even if they didn't have the cross on them.
I paid 75p for the 6 hot cross buns but that's a special price and they will normally be £1.00. That's still wicked value though because they're yummy and are deffo one of the nicest supermarket hot cross buns.
When I was working on my Uni work today, a wave of sadness hit me that due to being so loaded with work, I really hadn't entered into the Easter festivities. Having treated myself to an egg, I decided to pop some of these into the trolley too. I haven't been a big hot cross buns fan in the past, but thought id still give them a try and hope they surprised me.
These Sainsburys hot cross buns come in a clear and burnt orange coloured plastic bag, with the clear section giving you a sneak peek of the buns inside. The orange section has a picture of a halved and toasted bun, coasted in melted butter as an ideal serving suggestion. The packing is labelled in light orange and white, and their are 6 buns in each package.
I really brought these as a traditional treat, and didn't suspect to be a big fan and I'm not normally too keen on raisins. However, the texture of the buns was soft, and the raisins added a delicious after-taste. These buns are seasoned with spices, which also give them an extra kick and was a lovely addition to the flavour.
I think it's crucial to have these fresh, as after a few days the gentle softness starts to decline. However, they can be re-kindled by toasting to get a few more days out of them. Personally, I prefer them toasted with a little butter as this makes the edges crunchy whilst staying soft inside - especially if you can devour them whilst they are still warm. Delicious. Ideally, cut the buns in half and pop in a medium heat grill and toast for a few minutes. Add a spread of butter straight away and let it melt before serving.
What I especially liked with these buns was the difference in texture between the bulk of the bun and the crosses. Whilst looking nice with a strong difference in colour, the difference in taste was slight but certainly there. Personally, I think they look nicer and taste fresher than a similar teacake style bun.
Now the nasty bit - the calories! At 194 calories per bun, the count is quite high for a small bun. However, at 1.7g sat fats you can afford to be a little naughty. After all, they would be much better than demolishing an entire chocolate egg this Easter! Also, they are suitable for veggies.
Having not egg-spected (sorry, had to have one) to like these, I really enjoyed them. Very soft and fresh, and complimented by the gentle spices. Not the cheapest at 99p, but certainly worth it. I will be getting a few extra and freezing them for during the year post-Easter. They can be found in the fresh foods / bakery section of your local Sainsburys.
Following on from my Jamie Oliver hot cross bun dessert quest - I also bought of course one packet of Sainsburys Hot cross Buns.
Delicious spiced whit hot cross buns made with sultanas, raisins, currants, orange and lemon peel - this is what I'm told on the front of the packet. So do they live up to this statement then.
Upon opening the packet I noticed the tops of them were extremely sticky, they smelt spicy yet sweet. They were easy to cut open and didn't crumble which is often a problem I come across. After cutting them open I seen that the sultanas, raisins and currants were plentiful. They were not tiny, sorry excuses for pieces of fruit either, instead they were large, chunky pieces scattered evenly throughout really complimenting the bun and it's spices.
They tasted sweet, yet you could also taste the hint of spices. Tasting equally good with the vanilla custard I had used as well as just a good spread of butter which is how I usually eat hot cross buns.
It does clearly say on the front of the packet, 'Not suitable for milk or egg allergy sufferers'
The statement on the front of the packet was most definitely lived up to in my opinion. They were 'delicious'. The fruit was definitely there and could be tasted, the spices you could detect with your nose as well as your tongue and of course they had their traditional cross and once I'd grilled them they were 'hot' too!
Each bun would provide you with,
1.7g sat fat
12.9g total sugars
These buns are freezable and also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
To cook them all you need to do is grill them on a moderate heat (in halves) for 2 minutes roughly, turning them occasionally. I tend to leave them until they have a browned a little on top.
I would definitely reccomend them to anybody who likes hot cross buns, or has never tried them before. The fruit, spices and sweetness work well together and my taste buds agree with me. They cost me 99p for a pack of 6, but at the time were on offer for two packs for £1.20. I will definitely be buying again for a breakfast treat. The packet however is different to the picture above and it is a pale blue packet, easy enough to spot within the bakery section of Sainsburys.