Monday, 21 April 2008
On Good Friday the Social Secretary made hot cross buns.
Please don't get me wrong. The SS is a marvellous cook. Her lemon meringue pudding is mouth-watering, and only last Saturday she produced a memorable curry for eight. Every day the east wing fills with the smell of baking bread, and her round biscuits with bits in them seldom get a chance to cool.
But that day the devil was in the dough. The buns deserved their name only because she got so hot and cross making them. There was the picture on the recipe, a dozen buns, all round and shiny, sugar on the top. And here these guano-flecked moon rocks, hunched malevolently on the rack, muttering protestant imprecations.
The word 'bun' comes from the Old French, buigne, meaning a boil or swelling. Sadly these buigne went in the bin.
Posted by Brother Tobias at 12:28