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Hot Cross Buns and Easter Eggs

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Hot cross buns, an Easter mainstay in Australia, are bread rolls with the shape of a cross piped across the top.  Traditional flavors include, among others, mixed spice with currents and chocolate chip.  These can be found in local groceries and bakeries.  New this year are Salty Caramel hot cross buns which are located at Brumby's.  And, as a common form of fundraising, traditional hot cross buns can be ordered through organizations such as childcare facilities.

Like America, here Easter eggs and egg hunts are an enjoyable part of the Easter celebration.  Australians most appreciate the simplicity of hollow milk chocolate eggs wrapped in multiple colors of foil.  Also a common form of fundraising, these multi-colored eggs can be ordered in work places across Melbourne.

However, the American Easter tradition of coloring Easter eggs is made somewhat difficult, in part because the eggs found in groceries are brown.  Further, Paas Easter egg coloring kits are not available.  But we have good news.  First, we have found white eggs at the Queen Vic Market EggPorium, just behind the donut truck!  Second, we are here to provide you with a home-made Easter egg dye recipe.

·          Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops food color in a cup to achieve desired colors.

·          Repeat for each color.

·          Dip hard-cooked eggs in dye for about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon, wire egg holder or tongs to add and remove eggs from dye.

So from the AWA to you, Happy Easter, (and don't forget the popular Easter bilbies)!

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