HXB- Spicy and hot!


Good thing I only make these once a year!

Because warm and slathered with butter- they are addicting.

I  usually make these with a boiled potato base, like the ones pictured here.

But this year I followed a recipe my friend Joanna sent me.  Only I didn’t really.

I didn’t use citron or fruit peel, except for my own homemade orange peel.  And I added

currants.  Mainly I just added cinnamon, ginger and cloves to a sweet roll dough and then

put a cross on top.  005

I took some to a friend’s house last night and shared some with Cynthia.

And then we had some for breakfast-  so there aren’t many left.

That’s good- because they last a lot longer in the memory than they do in the mouth!


Here’s the recipe for the add 1 tsp of ginger and cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp

cloves, 1/4 cup fruit peel or zest from one lemon and one orange and 3/4 cup currants.

Roll recipe- makes about 3 dozen rolls.
6 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk ,scalded in microwave (about  2 min on high)
1 stick butter or margarine
2 eggs
1/2  cup sugar
1 Tbs salt
2 Tbs yeast
1 cup warm water
scant tsp sugar
Put flour, sugar and salt into large bowl and whisk together- form well in center of flour.  Melt butter or margarine in the hot milk and set aside.  Proof yeast (mix  together yeast and sugar, stir in water and watch for growth reaction- it should start growing  almost immediately).  Beat eggs and pour into well, add milk mixture (butter should be completely melted) and stir until the flour and liquid are one mass.  Add proofed yeast-(  if the yeast didn’t raise ,proof another batch, either it is too old or your water was too hot) and mix the whole mess into a sticky dough!  Flour counter, dump dough onto flour , add some more on your hands and knead for at least 10 minutes.  This is a Big ball of dough so put your muscles into it.  Grease large bowl, form dough into a ball and allow to raise, covered, for at least an hour , until doubled in volume.



7 thoughts on “HXB- Spicy and hot!

    • Thanks Chopinand!
      I wasn’t going to make them this year but got lured in by all the great pictures on the blogs!
      BTW- I like your retrospective of memorable foods- Happy blogaversary!

  1. Beautiful! I shall feast with my eyes on yours and Joanna’s, as I didn’t make any this year (although the neighbour did drop some over the other day!). The look absolutely divine, Heidi! Happy Easter to you and your gorgeous family!

    • Ha ha, Celia! With all the chocolate creations in your house you don’t NEED HXB’S!
      They really turned out good this year- although I didn’t get that dark color Joanna did with hers- maybe I changed it up too much!

  2. They look beautiful! I think the dark colour comes if you bake them at a higher temperature, my first two batches were pretty pale compared to the ones I see in the shops. Pale and soft seem to freeze better though and as someone said if you are toasting them anyway they will go brown then. I agree Celia doesn’t need them with all her chocolate wondrousness. People make a whole lot of fuss about these recipes, but it is just a enriched spiced up dough with dried fruits, lots of ways to get there. Now going to catch up on your other posts – what a treat for me 🙂 x Joanna

  3. I’m so glad you posted your pictures!
    I had planned on making them and then got lazy and had just about decided to go without this year when I saw yours and made them after all.
    My husband even ate some and he usually hates them- so thanks for the recipe and inspiration, my friend!

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