Winter is coming…

…but first – Easter!!

Easter, for many people, is a traditionally solemn religious occasion. But for me, not being raised in the church, Easter represents a time to gather with family and friends, showing gratitude for the people in my life that I can share delicious food, good conversations and deep connections with.

Seeing as I avoid refined sugar and artificial sweeteners, Easter has become a difficult time for my dear loved ones because they don’t know what to give me (I keep saying “nothing!!”) – even though I am in my 30’s and no longer imagine a giant rabbit leaving foil-wrapped eggs hidden in the backyard like some creepy trickster.

And as the days become cooler here in the southern hemisphere, the beautiful warm spices found in hot cross bun are just perfect for an Easter treat!

So this year, I am going to save my loved ones (and, ahem, the Easter Bunny) the trouble and BYO some of these Hot Cross Buns along with this delicious Cinnamon-spiked Butter.

I have wanted to experiment with making my own butter for aaaaaages so I took this opportunity to give it a go and the result was pretty good! The recipe below just used store-bought butter however I will post a homemade butter recipe in the future, once I have perfected my technique 🙂

Stay tuned for some more HCB-inspired recipes in the lead up to the Easter long-weekend!!




Cinnamon-spiked Butter


100g good quality butter, softened (salted or unsalted is completely up to your tastes – personally, I love a bit of salt and sweet together)

2 tsp ground cinnamon (I like in really cinnamony so if you’re not as crazy as me, just add 1 tsp to start with and see if you want more)

2 tsp rice malt syrup


Pop the butter into a bowl and using a wooden spoon, stir until it is a smooth consistency (but not melting).

Add in the cinnamon and rice malt syrup and combine well. I would stop and taste here – add more cinnamon or syrup to your taste.

And that’s pretty much it folks!! You can spoon the butter onto some cling film and roll it into a log to set in the fridge before slicing it up into discs. Or just cover the bowl with cling film and scoop it out as needed.


P.S. You can even add some (about 1-2 tsp) good quality raw cacao powder for a really decadent chocolate treat!! (I have done this and I can confirm it is indeed amazing)