Wednesday, March 02, 2011
One a Penny, Two a Penny
Superstition. Unless you stick an oven timer in that bun hanging in your kitchen, you have to remember to get your bread out of the oven on your own. To ask that bun to keep your bread from burning is just...voodoo.
It seems that hot cross buns were corralled onto Good Friday by old Queen Elizabeth, who didn't want a daily reminder of the Catholic Church, or as she put it "popery", in a stick bun and passed a law that they could only be sold on Good Friday and Easter.
So you can imagine my surprise, when trotting around the internets reading the Catholic news (it's astounding how much Catholic news there is!) that there is a whole area of the country that goes berserk over hot cross buns (to each his own, I suppose) and can't get enough of them. It seems bakeries bake them only during Lent. So hot cross buns are like vine ripened tomatoes and blueberries, only in season for a short time.
Get 'em while they're hot!
To which I have to just point out: it's Lent! Aren't the words "Lenten TREAT" an oxymoron?
Given how I actually feel about them, perhaps I should consider eating one every day during Lent. I'll have to choose the kind where the cross is cut into the bun, rather than made of delicious icing.