Top five kitchen gadgets for tasty hot cross bunsWhich? gives you a head start in the kitchen for Easter treats

30 March 2012

Hot Cross Buns

Easter wouldn't be the same without tasty hot cross buns, so Which? has picked the top five kitchen gadgets to help you get baking over bank holiday.

With the ongoing interest in home-baking, why not try making your own hot cross buns this bank holiday? 

It's not as difficult as you may think, and there are some surprising appliances that could help you. 

Which? has picked out our top five kitchen gadgets to help you from start to finish - and beyond.

Top five kitchen gadgets for hot cross buns

1. Breadmaker

Did you know you can make hot cross bun dough in a breadmaker? The Panasonic SD-2500 breadmaker comes with a recipe included for you to try. 

You still have to shape and prove the dough yourself, and bake it in an oven, but why not make the most of your breadmaker and let it take the strain out of mixing? 

You can discover the best breadmaker for you in our breadmaker reviews.

2. Food processor

Not quite as surprising as a breadmaker, but a food processor with  the correct attachments can take the hassle out of mixing dough. 

And, it can be much quicker and more consistent than doing the job by hand. Using the pulse-button will help avoid over processing the mixture. 

Which? reveals the differences between handy food processor features, so you can work out exactly what accessories you might need.

3. Hand mixer

If you haven't got a food processor, then a hand mixer with dough hooks will do the trick. 

Experts are currently busy at the Which? lab, testing a batch of the most popular hand mixers. Results will be published online in the summer. 

Bookmark our hand mixer reviews page now, and check back to get the results as soon as they're published. 

4. Toaster

Toast your sliced hot cross buns and cover them with butter for a delicious afternoon treat, or alternative breakfast. 

Which? tests all toasters to see how well small and thick items fit in the slots, and then how easy it is to get them back out again - not to mention how even the toasting is. 

Find out which 37 toasters have been awarded Best Buys in the Which? toaster reviews

5. Microwave

Yes, it's possible to make hot cross buns in a standard microwave. A search on the web will reveal recipe ideas, and creative ways of turning shop-bought hot cross buns into dessert treats. 

And even if you don't fancy cooking your buns in the microwave, a good appliance will be able to reheat them to perfection, without drying them out.

Stuck in a reheating rut? We reveal how to get more from your  microwave, including cakes, Sunday lunch and much more.

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