"Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha' penny, two ha' penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha' penny,
Two ha' penny,
Hot Cross Buns!"
Sure, these are traditionally eaten on Good Friday, but the sweet, tasty little buns are so darling that there's no reason you shouldn't eat them on Easter as well--or in September for that matter.
I've always been in love with the name "hot cross bun". It just sounds so quintessentially English and makes me think of Beatrix Potter. These sticky, spicy treats are best known for their distinctive cross shape (cut into the top of the bun, traced in icing or a floury paste, or made with strips of pastry) that symbolizes the cross that Jesus Christ was crucified on. It is a yeast bread studded with dried fruit and covered in a shiny glaze.
|Hot Cross Buns, a photo by garryknight on Flickr.|
|Jan 29/12 Homemade Hot Cross Buns, a photo by Jude Doyland on Flickr.|
- Baking them on Good Friday will ensure their longevity throughout the entire year to come (of course you'll gobble them up long before then, so who's to say?).
- A hot cross bun will revive a sick person.
- Bring a bun on the high seas and you'll be safe from shipwreck!
- There's a pub in Bow, London called "The Widow's Son" which carries on a tradition from long ago. Supposedly a widow once promised her only son, a sailor, to make him him hot cross buns every Good Friday until he returned home. Sadly, he never came back from the sea, but she kept making the buns and they are still being made today. Learn more about how the story lives on at ShadyOldLady.com.
- Split a bun with your friend, say the magic words, "Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be," and your friendship is guaranteed for the next year. Then you'd better do it again, before the other person stabs you in the back.
There's a recipe at WildYeastBlog.com for traditional hot cross buns. This involves a pre-prepared yeast starter which you might find more trouble than it's worth. In that case, check out this recipe from JoyOfBaking.com for the buns made in this video. And, if you're the kind who'd rather salivate over photos than actually get your fingers dirty, you have to check out ThePioneerWoman.com to see her gorgeous food photography.