Hot Cross Buns

A GRAND TOUR OF THE UK & IRELAND – baked goods from region to region

It’s April, it’s Easter time and IREKS brings you a recipe for premium Hot Cross Buns. The recipe we are sharing is made using MELLA BRIOCHE POF which is a highly versatile 100 % palm oil-free mix. The first definitive record of Hot Cross Buns comes from a London street cry: “Good Friday comes this month, the old woman runs with one or two a penny Hot Cross Buns” from 1733. This line also features in the children’s nursery rhyme “One a penny two a penny Hot Cross Buns”, first published in the London Chronicle in 1767.

Recipe: Hot Cross Buns (PDF, 1,4 MB)

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St Albans

Theory has it that the contemporary Hot Cross Bun originates from St Albans in Southern England. It is here where in 1361, Brother Thomas Rodcliffe, a 14th century monk from St Albans Abbey developed a similar recipe for the so-called “Alban Bun” which he gave to the poor on Good Friday. St Albans is an ancient Cathedral City which lies 20 miles northwest of London. It takes its name from Britain’s first Saint, Alban, who lived there. Back then, the city was known as Verulamium, a town in Roman Britain which was the second largest after Londinium.