With Christmas over, the next treats to appear on bakery shelves are hot cross buns, according to Gb Plange UK (Runcorn, Cheshire).

"Increasingly we’re seeing bakers add their own touch to hot cross buns - for example, twists of fresh orange and lemon zest in addition to the traditional sultanas, raisins and currants," says Marie Parnell, managing director of Gb Plange. "Or they can use nuts, which add ’crunch’ to the product."

Gb Plange’s Energie Spiced Bun Concentrate includes spices for extra flavour. It is available in a 12.8kg pack.