Mar 15, 2012

A Hot Cross Bundraiser and Giveaway




I knock back, or ignore, blogging opportunities all the time. I received an offer of vouchers to buy school uniforms. Shame my kids don't go to primary school in the UK or I may have been interested. I was also offered the free use of a campervan for a holiday and I let it go. Of course, I would have had to get to the US to take it up, and campervans make me claustrophobic, but I'm sure that's beside the point.

But when Baker's Delight combine Hot Cross Buns with a fundraiser for children's hospitals and vouchers to give away? I'm IN.

Hot cross bun cravings in every household, especially mine, will be made all that much sweeter on Saturday March 24, as bakeries across Australia aim to hand craft over 500,000 freshly baked hot cross buns to help raise valuable ‘dough’ for children’s hospitals across the country.

‘Bundraiser’ Day will see all 614 Bakers Delight bakeries across Australia, donate $1 from every six-pack of hot cross buns sold to hospitals across the country, helping make a difference to sick children this Easter and aiming to surpass the $104,000 fundraising target.

To me, this was a no-brainer. We love our Baker's Delight Hot Cross Buns every year anyway, and to know if we stock up on the 24th we'll be helping to raise money for a great cause makes it worthwhile. (I also love made-up words, so they had me at 'Bundraiser') I received a six-pack of traditional buns and a six-pack of choc-chip buns to taste test, and three $10 vouchers to give away.

First, the tasting......

I love my traditional buns. Fresh, with lashings of butter, or zapped to warm up, again with lashings of butter. Son likes them warm and buttered, Daughter likes them fresh with no butter, and Husband is just lucky to get whatever's left when he gets home, but will eat them either fresh, warm, or even toasted under the griller.



Either way, we all pretty much inhale them with gusto.
We will eat them any time... breakfast, snack, whenever the craving hits... and they have always been a major Easter tradition in our family (probably the only one, unless you count me wearing bunny ears and drinking too much wine a 'tradition').




And then there's the choc-chip buns... ooooh....

I had never tried them before. I love chocolate on its own, but don't generally go down the 'choc-chip path'. In a word? Scrumptious. I wouldn't eat them for breakfast or scoff a six-pack all at once, but they make a great sweet treat for dessert, or with coffee for morning tea. Oh, and best eaten fresh, although warming them does give you chocolatey-finger-lickin-good hands afterwards, as my dog discovered.


No matter how, where or when they're eaten, or by whom, this is the end result.



And thanks to Baker's Delight I have THREE $10 vouchers to give away which can be used at any of their stores in Australia to purchase bread, hot cross buns, whatever you like.

All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me how you like to eat your hot cross buns and three winners will be chosen at random. Entries close 3pm next Tuesday 20th March. Open to Aussies only; make sure you are following my blog and I have a way of contacting you if you're a winner.

AND DON'T FORGET TO BUY HOT CROSS BUNS FROM YOUR LOCAL BAKER'S DELIGHT STORE ON SATURDAY 24TH MARCH.


36 comments:

  1. Not entering, as I live in England, but I just loved the fact its called a bundraiser, genuis

    p.s. the only way to eat hot cross bun is lightly toasted, still warm and with enough butter on it that you can see it float, my ateries may disagree, but I am pretty sure that the warm mug of tea that accompanies the buns actually melts the butter and prevents it from sticking to said arteries...

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    1. OMG, I have the same theory with the cup of tea. It washes the butter away....

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  2. Not entering as there's no Baker's Delight near me, I just wanted to say GOOD ON THEM. Even if they make a killing themselves by running the promo. I wish more businesses would make a solid commitment to supporting charity.

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    1. Indeed. Was the reason I said yes :)

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    2. Agreed! I pick up my buns in Adelaide on Saturday (there is no Bakers Delight here either) but I agreed to run the promo for the same reason!

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  3. You meanie! Who told you how much I love hot cross buns? I love them warmed up in the oven, until they're just crisp on the outside and beautifully warm on the inside and then I lash them liberally with butter. Even my kids are addicted... :)

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  4. Vouchers? Count me in! "Bundraiser" made me giggle, and it's self-explanatory, I knew what your post would be about as soon as I read the title. I'll do my bit to help the hopitals.
    I eat my hot cross buns with butter on the first day, then next day leftover ones are toasted under the griller, then buttered. Yum!

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    1. Leftovers?? heh, I am about to eat the last one.

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  5. Love Bakers Delight hot cross buns... naked, with butter, with jam... and definitely with coffee.

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  6. I'm not back in Australia (yet- moving back in May), but my Mum in Adelaide is, and she's the reason I love Hot Cross Buns. When I lived in Oz, I would have them fresh with a little bit of butter, or a couple of days old, they'd be reheated in the oven. Both ways, a good cup of milky tea would be mandatory. Here in the US, on the east coast, they ice the hot cross buns, which means my routine includes scraping the icing off before I put them in the oven, else hot, melts icing goes everywhere.

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    1. Icing just doesn't seem right somehow

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  7. Warm. Out of a paper bag. Surrounded by snow. I kid you not.

    http://www.diminishinglucy.com/2010/04/memories-of-another-good-friday.html

    xx

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  8. I like to stick mine under the griller just to give the edges that warm crusty feel, then pop on some marj.

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  9. Step One: warm buns (hee) in oven until the little choc chips just start to get gooey.
    Step Two: cut in half and apply a smear of butter. And make it proper butter, not some crap Faux Spread. If I'm going to get really fussy (and why the hell not?), make it B. D. Paris Creek organic butter.
    Step Three: retire to lounge and wait to be fed said buns by a nude Benedict Cumberbatch.

    (Step Three is a work in progress. My husband keeps refusing to wear the mask. And I eat standing up in the kitchen, because choc hot X buns must Be In Me as soon as possible.)

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  10. Love Choc Chip hot cross bun warmed in the microwaved for 10 secs then with butter and nutella!!! Sweet chocolatey indulgent!

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  11. Oh yes yes yes! HCB's. They are on my food pyramid, all on their own. I must have them lightly grilled (insides only) then daubs of butter - real butter, none of that margarine crap. Mmmmmmmmm. The Bakers Delight version are the closest to home made as I've found and melt in your mouth (made my own last year, no comparison to shop bought!)

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  12. Personally, I HAVE to rip my fresh got cross bun open (either the chocolate or the traditional- although normally we have The chocolate ones because dad has an aversion to sultanas...) And then grill it so that the edges are crunchy! Then I, as do you, Cate, lash it with butter and devour while hot. But it's got to be torn and toasted, not cut! Yeah, I'm funny like that. Runs in the family..! Ha ha! -Nicki Bills

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  13. Personally, I HAVE to rip my fresh got cross bun open (either the chocolate or the traditional- although normally we have The chocolate ones because dad has an aversion to sultanas...) And then grill it so that the edges are crunchy! Then I, as do you, Cate, lash it with butter and devour while hot. But it's got to be torn and toasted, not cut! Yeah, I'm funny like that. Runs in the family..! Ha ha! -Nicki Bills

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  14. Personally, I HAVE to rip my fresh got cross bun open (either the chocolate or the traditional- although normally we have The chocolate ones because dad has an aversion to sultanas...) And then grill it so that the edges are crunchy! Then I, as do you, Cate, lash it with butter and devour while hot. But it's got to be torn and toasted, not cut! Yeah, I'm funny like that. Runs in the family..! Ha ha! -Nicki Bills

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  15. I love them warmed up in the microwave epor u der the grill with butter or by them self.

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  16. mine never seem to make it home, so no time to do the fancy-gourmet warming/grilling/buttering and putting on a plate at my place! usually eaten straight from the bag, a few paces away from the bakers... omnomnom... (great blog again, Cate!)

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  17. Umm let me think. I don't really think when it comes to Hot Cross buns..straight from the shop to my mouth...crumbs down my front...dribble down my chin....people staring but who cares.. NOT Me. so
    Hot cross buns
    hot cross buns
    one a penny two a penny
    hot cross buns......................

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  18. Love to eat mine with lashings of butter. Delish!!!!!!!!!! Email is kookla123@yahoo.com

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  19. Firstly they have to be the fruitful variety with lots of cinnamon. Then they have to be squashed flat and eated fresh for Adam or lightly toasted with butter for me. Dont know why but I'm sure they taste better flat - dense and chewy, rather than light and fluffy. A cup of Earl Grey, the perfect accompliment :-)

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  20. What a wonderful "Bund" raiser! (I love that word, too!) Since I live in the US, I'm sure I can't officially participate, but I would like to donate something. Can I mail you money to buy the buns, for you to keep, of course. BUT, can you use US dollars, etc? I have no idea about that! Please let me know by e-mail, ok? Thanks, Cate!

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  21. I love mine toasted until they're crispy on the outside and even more moist and fluffy on the inside, with far too much salty butter (even on chocolate ones) and sometimes a little raspberry jam (again, even on chocolate ones) and always with a nice cup of tea or a hot chocolate. :-)

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  22. Toasted. Lashings of butter and vegemite. It's the only way. Delicious.

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  23. Given time my preference is a light toasting with lashings of butter.
    In reality I tear bits off, stuffing them in my mouth, ignoring warming, butter, manners.
    Wanna know the best bit? Hubby is a coeliac & I have no children (cleverpants), so the ENTIRE PACKET IS MINE.

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  24. Great post, Cate!
    Chocolate Hot Cross Buns for me...nude, in the bath tub. No wait that's how to eat mangoes.

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  25. I love my hot cross buns warm with lots of butter melted in- yum!!!

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  26. Toasted with disgusting amounts of cherry jam & sour cream ... That's the way my Grandma used to serve them to me as a kid & it's delicious though I'm sure heart attack inducing. ;)

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