Chef Jamie Oliver starts online debate over his 'non-traditional' hot cross buns

omg 26/03/2021

TV chef Jamie Oliver is known for crafting delicious recipes and meals, but his take on a classic hot cross bun has raised a few eyebrows.

Most times, hot cross buns are spiced raisin rolls, marked with an icing or dough cross on top, and of course, are a sweet treat enjoyed in the lead up to the Easter holidays.

But when Jamie Oliver shared his hot cross buns to his 8.5 million followers on Instagram - it was quick to see they were not your usual.

"Freshly baked hot cross buns.....but these aren't just any hot cross buns, these are CHEESE & CHIVE hot cross buns!! Who would like this recipe??"

And it didn't come as any surprise when fans started debating over the savoury bun.

Some were quick to comment on how "yum" and "amazing" they looked, but hot cross bun traditionalists were staunch.

"You know, I know food evolves, but I'm not so convinced by anything that's not a traditional hot cross buns..." said one commenter.

Another said "Absolutely love your cooking Jamie but these are too wrong! I’m a hot cross bun purist."

The debate seemed to have an effect on Jamie, who decided to also share an equally untraditional but just as delicious hot cross bun alternative.

"So you guys went mad for and really want the recipe for my cheese and chive hot cross buns I shared yesterday so thought I'd share another cool and delicious way to make hot cross buns using the same principle recipe with just a few tweaks....this is my hot cross bun LOAF oh yes!!!!"

And it's fair to say people were more on board with this delicious version.

Check out Jamie Oliver's Hot Cross Bun recipes here.