Going to the shop today I was delighted to see that they are already selling Hot Cross Buns. Yeah, I know that the first week of January is obscenely early to be selling Easter treats, it is a bit like when the shops put Christmas decorations up at the start of October. Regardless of this, I love Hot Cross Buns and I think that breakfast throughout the rest of the year is a little diminished without the option of these delicious treats split, toasted then spread with cold butter….mmmmm….yum…unhealthy, but yum…..
I would not like to see what state the very old buns in the bottom of this basket in Bromley would have been in though. They would definitely not be included in my breakfast menu. A quick trawl of the interweb shows me that this is a tradition still being upheld at The Widows Son, each year a sailor puts a new Easter bun in a basket hanging from the ceiling. Sadly for tradition most of the old buns were lost during a fire some years ago. A few blackened ones were saved and are in the new basket still taking pride of place above the bar. I am sure the spirit of the long-lost son appreciated his mothers devotion and her belief in his eventual return.
Now the buns are in the shops I will be doing my part as often as possible to worship the spring goddess even if I am in the wrong hemisphere. Better add some more butter to my shopping list…..