63. Hot Cross Buns


Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns!
One a penny two a penny – Hot cross buns
If you have no daughters, give them to your sons
One a penny two a penny – Hot cross buns

Hot Cross Buns are small, spicy fruitcakes. They are decorated with a white cross and served with a butter spread. They are usually sold at the time of Easter to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus after he was crucified.

In the 19th Century, street vendors and sellers used sell various products directly to the consumers. Hot Cross Buns were hawked and sold at the price of one a penny or two a penny.

Those who indulged in this butter coated sweet in excess, would eventually end up with bulging midriffs, like Mr. Bumble of Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist!

Visalakshi Ramani

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