Hot Cross Buns come in limitless variety – traditional, fruit free, apple cinnamon, Nutella, Jaffa, chocolate-chocolate chip and so on and so forth.
The supermarket sells them under the guise of Hot Cross Bun. They look like Hot Cross Buns. But according to the Lord of the Manor, they are not Hot Cross Buns at all.
‘What are they, then?’ I ask, only faintly amused. We’ve been down this road before circa blog post: The Polar Fleece Feud.
‘Sweet bread,’ he declares.
I snort with derision, biting into my fruit-free delight. ‘The packet says hot cross buns. It’s a hot cross bun.’
‘It isn’t,’ the Lord of the Manor insists. ‘Only traditional, fruit-filled varieties can rightly carry the name Hot Cross Bun.’
So I pull out the big guns……..!
………. Is bread still bread if it isn’t made from wheat?
………. Is Weet-Bix still Weet-Bix if it’s made from sorghum grains?
………. Is milk still milk if it’s made from nuts?
……… And is vegan, meat-free bacon still bacon if it isn’t made from pork?
He blinks at me for a moment, cogs and wheels spinning while I serenely munch my fruit-free Hot Cross Bun.
It doesn’t matter what they’re called, people. Are delicious so enjoy in abundance. Happy Easter to all.