Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Holiday Traditions - Part 1
My family is not religious, however in a society that is based on Christianity, we have developed our own traditions that tie in with the major festivals (and therefore public holidays). Most of them revolve around three key elements: family, friendship and feasting. At regular intervals during the year, these religious festivals mark for us a time to reconnect with those we love and doing so invariably involves mountains of delicious food.
Ask me to think of Easter food and the first item that comes to mind is (surprisingly for a choco-holic like me) not chocolate Easter eggs, it is hot cross buns. I'm a traditionalist. Leave your chocolate chip / mocca / white chocolate and cranberry buns to someone else, for me it is fruit all the way. Although I will say I do prefer them when they are light on the mixed peel.
I like my hot cross buns warmed in the oven, then slathered with butter that melts into puddles. Nothing else, no jam or honey, just butter and a nice strong cup of tea to wash them down with.
I know that I can get hot cross buns from about the 28th of December, but I like to save them till just before Easter to preserve the specialness. I've been enjoying them for the last two weeks and they are super delicious. I come in from my morning walk, often chilled at the moment, turn on the oven and soon have pipping hot cross bun before me. As comfort food goes, this rates highly!
So tell me, what are your Easter traditions? And how do you like your hot cross bun?