There’s a party at Jo’s place
Jo Seager’s philosophy on food is pretty simple really: “Let’s eat”. Which is just as well for us because Jo keeps on creating, cooking, tasting, and best of all . . . sharing.
Jo also loves to entertain . . . and socialise. So her recipes are all simple, contemporary yet impressive, showing she really is the hostess with the mostest.
Jo’s latest book Better Than a Bought One is a wealth of inspiring ideas, advice and all the tricks of the trade for hosting a party.
She covers all those important celebrations . . . baby shower, weddings, Christmas, the list goes on. There’s even a chapter on holding a winter bonfire party for Matariki.
Following is a recipe from the book:
BLUEBERRY HOT CROSS BUN BAKE
A lovely, cinnamon-spiced, warm brunch treat that uses up excess hot cross buns. Great for an easy dessert, too. I often make this in little ramekins for individual portions.
Makes 6; Prep Time 5 minutes; Resting Time 30 minutes; Cooking Time 30-35 minutes.
■ 1 cup blueberries (can be frozen — no need to defrost)
■ 500ml cream
■ 4 eggs
■ cup caster sugar
■ 1 tsp ground cinnamon
■ 1 tsp vanilla essence
■ icing sugar to dust
Spray an ovenproof casserole or small lasagne dish with non-stick baking spray.
Cut the hot cross buns in half and arrange in the dish with the cross halves facing upwards. Sprinkle over the blueberries.
In a medium bowl or blender, whisk the cream, eggs, caster sugar, cinnamon and vanilla until well combined. Pour over the buns and berries. Allow to rest for 30 minutes, or overnight, covered in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 180C. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the custard is set and deep golden brown. Dust with icing sugar. Serve warm with thick Greek-style yoghurt, softly whipped cream or icecream.
Cookbook author Jo Seager, right.