Hot Cross Buns

By: Jennifer Clark | Coffee Bar Director
On: February 17, 2016

Every year, I look forward to the first batch of Hot Cross Buns to come out of the oven. Being part of the Bakery team, I am ”burdened” with the task of trying them (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it). As soon as they are cool enough to put the icing on the top, I’m there.

The bun itself has a rich story behind it. From a monk first putting a “cross” into the dough with his hand, to perhaps being Roman in origin. Some families would hang one bun all year for good luck. It was believed that it would not grow moldy and was grated and used for medicine before being replaced with a fresh one for the following year. Hot Cross Buns are most popular during the Lenten season, but I could enjoy them all year long!

I love the sight of the sweet yeast dough being mixed in our DLM Bakehouse. As it bakes, the mace and orange dough with golden raisins rises until it reaches just the perfect golden color. The fragrance is unreal. They are slicked with a thin coat of glaze and topped with the most delicious butter icing before heading over to our stores. If you have never tried our Hot Cross Buns, stop by any of our Bakeries and ask for a sample. We only bake them for a short time each year, so grab them while you can.