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Freezing Leftover Hot Cross Buns

Asked by JackBon. Answered on 6th April 2018

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Can I freeze Nigella's Hot Cross Buns? I made some last year (with someone else’s recipe) and they were lovely but after freezing they tasted horrible and I had to bin them.

Hot Cross Buns
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Hot Cross Buns
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Nigella's Hot Cross Buns(from FEAST) are best on the day they are made but will keep for one to two days in an airtight container and should be split and lightly toasted before serving. Home-made hot cross buns generally don't have the same aerated cake-like texture as the supermarket versions but are slightly more substantial and infinitely more flavourful.

The buns can be frozen but this should be done as soon as possible and preferably as soon as the buns are cool. Put the buns in a resealable bag and freeze for up to a month. If you want to take out only a couple of buns at a time then freeze them in an airtight container with baking parchment (parchment paper) in between the layers of buns. The buns should defrost in 2-3 hours at room temperature and can be warmed in an oven preheated to 150C/fan 130/300F for about 5 minutes. However if the buns are a day or so old then it is best to split and toast them before serving.

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