by Kate Blumer
We all know (don’t we?) that the hot cross bun marks the end of Lent. But did you know the different elements of this Easter treat have a certain meaning? Let me egg-splain. The cross is said to represent the crucifixion of Jesus, whilst the spices inside signify the spices used to embalm him at his burial…
For those patient enough to wait, fear not, Easter is almost upon us and soon you can tuck into those hot cross buns legitimately (if you’ve been eating them prior then you are a shallow atheist).
I will be saving this sacred snack for the ‘special’ day – no one wants a tired pallet when it comes to testing this annual spiced buttery bun. For best results the eater must moderate consumption of the goods before the Friday binge in order to really understand and appreciate what they are experiencing. Indeed, prior moderation allows for maximum bingeing pleasure and, starting this Friday, I plan to work my way through the entire list below in one shameless sitting. Fear not, I will share my findings with you, dear audience.
Your suggestions of favoured bun are, of course, welcome. I am not sure what I will do with the information I glean from you, but hell, I will pretend to sound interested and collate some ridiculous statistics around the ‘embalming spice’ Vs ‘texture of the white cross’.
Answers on a crucifix...
Kate Blumer – reporting from her desk – Clerkenwell
Hot cross buns – the final table
. Marks & Spencer Luxury (£1.60 for four – 40p each) 81/100
. Asda Bakers Selection (£1 for four – 25p each) 73/100
. Lidl Rowan Hill Bakery (£0.89 for six – 15p each) 72/100
. Co-operative Loved By Us (£1 for six – 17p each) 72/100
. Sainsbury’s (£1.20 for six – 20p each) 68/100
. Tesco (£1 for six – 17p each) 66/100
. Waitrose Richly Fruited (£1.69 for four – 42p each) 63/100
. Greggs (£1 for four – 25p each) 62/100
. Aldi Village Bakery (£0.89 for six – 15p each) 61/100
. Morrisons Baked By Us (£1 for six – 17p each) 56/100