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ONE-A-PENNY, TWO-A-PENNY, HOT CROSS BUNS

9 April 2011, 12:40 pm

Hot Cross Buns have their origins in the mists of time. Some people  believe that buns marked with a cross were eaten by Saxons in honour of the goddess Eostre (the cross is thought to have symbolised the four quarters of the moon.)

In 1592, during the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth, a decree was passed by the London Clerk of the Markets:

“That no bakers etc, at any time or times herefter make, utter, or sell by retail, within or without their houses, unto any of the Queen’s subjects any spice cakes, buns, biscuits or other spice bread (being bread out of size and not by law allowed) except it be at burials, or on Friday before Easter, or at Christmas, upon pain of forfeiture of all such spiced bread to the poor.”

At some unknown later date they became associated purely with Easter and were traditionally eaten only on Good Friday, with bakers making them only on Maunday Thursday. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the first recorded use of “Hot Cross Bun” was in 1733. Nowadays they are sold all year round by supermarkets, but we only make them in the few weeks before Easter.aster, or at Christmas, upon pain of forfeiture of all such spiced bread to the poor.”

"Delicious Hot Cross Buns"

We make our Hot Cross Buns in two flavours, firstly the tradtional spiced bun with plump sultanas, and currants witha hint of mixed peel and for the first time this year we are making Multiseed & Cranberry Hot Cross Buns. These are made from the same mix of seeds and grains that goes into our very popular Low GI Multiseed Bread with added spice and cranberries. altogether a healthier version ot the tradtional bun. Both varieties are available in individual and mini sizes try some today!

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