September 11, 2012

National Hot Cross Bun Day

"Hot cross buns, hot cross buns, one a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns." - Hot Cruss Buns Nursury Rhyme

It's National Hot Cross Bun Day!

Hot cross buns are sweet, spicy rolls made with raisins/currants and marked with a cross on the top usually in white icing to represent the crucifix. Served toasted with a little butter or honey, they're traditionally eaten on Good Friday.

... which was six months ago.

(It makes no sense, I know. Then again, there have been very few days during this attempt to eat the year that have. Just go with it, yeah?)

It's also believed that the hot cross buns may actually pre-date Christianity. Supposedly, the Saxons used to eat them in honor of their goddess Eostre the cross representing the four quarters of the moon. Apparently, the hot cross bun has a tremendous amount of superstitions surrounding it too, including buns baked on Good Friday won't go bad during the next year, buns on a boat protect you against a shipwreck, and, if you share a bun with another person and chant "Half for you and half for me, between us two shall goodwill be" you'll have enduring friendship... at least until the next Good Friday (or National Hot Cross Bun Day)!

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

Happy National Hot Cross Bun Day!