*******************It's April Fool's Day, but as it is also Holy Thursday for those of us who are Christian, I will refrain from having fun and playing any practical jokes on you. Instead, I am sharing just a bit of religious tradition about Hot Cross Buns and the vintage recipe from my old cookbook.
Hot Cross Buns are traditionally eaten for breakfast on Holy Friday (the day Christ died on the cross, and the Friday before the glorious Easter season begins on Sunday), and for some are about the only luxury during this time of fasting and mourning. Many people eat them all through Lent as well.
According to tradition, the monks at St. Alban's Abbey in Hertfordshire began giving hot cross buns to the poor on Good Friday in 1361.
Because of the religious significance of the cross, it is customary to kiss the buns before eating them. Some people also have the tradition to share a Hot Cross Bun with someone, reciting these words:
Half for you and half for me,
Between us two shall goodwill be.
Wishing all of you a Holy Tridium and a most Happy Easter!
(and I hope our Jewish friends had a great Passover, too!)
Below are the typical ingredients for Hot Cross Buns, and further down is the vintage recipe in my Household Searchlight Recipe Book:
Hot Cross Buns Ingredients
1 cup milk
2 tbsp. yeast
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup butter, melted, cooled
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
5 cups flour
1 1/3 cups currants or raisins
1 egg white
1 1/3 cups confectioner's sugar
1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
1/2 tsp. lemon extract
1- 2 tbsp. milk
Hot Cross Buns Vintage Recipe
Prepare a dough from any roll recipes. When ready to be formed into rolls turn onto lightly floured board and roll in sheet 1 inch thick. Cut into rounds with a floured cutter. Place on well-oiled pan. Cover and let rise until treble in bulk. Cut a cross on the top of each bun with a sharp knife. Bake in hot oven (450 F.) 12-15 minutes. Brush the surface of the freshly baked buns with sugar and water. Fill the cross with a plain frosting.
More Vintage Recipes from Participants:
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