Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns!

If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons.
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns!

Extra points to those singing these popular lyrics with the melody in mind. Good luck getting that out of your head anytime soon.

Like most of the nursery rhymes we teach our kids today, the whole ‘Hot Cross Buns’ thing is old, really old. The nursery rhyme actually dates back to 1733 (thanks Google) and was originally muttered on the cold streets of London by bakers trying to sell their spiced fruit rolls to hungry passers-by. The whole thing is very Oliver Twist sounding. However, I do believe Londoners in the 1700s had a little more restraint than our major retailers and didn’t sell them as early as Boxing Day. Either way, the whole Hot Cross Buns nursery rhyme is a memorable ditty that daycare centres all across Townsville will be trotting out at this time of the year.

But now to the product itself, and what a product it is. To me, there’s no better morning tea than a slightly toasted hot crossed bun with lashings of melted butter. It’s a thing of beauty. And don’t give me any of this fruitless or chocolate nonsense; it’s traditional all the way for this guy. But sadly, in my house, I am alone in my love for the world’s second favourite Easter snack. Of course, the chocolate eggs come in at number 1.

But the truth is, I was a little shocked to learn of, my wife, Michelle, and daughter, Matilda’s, absolute disdain for my much-loved spiced bun.

Michelle, I can at least understand as being in her early 30s (or very early 30s as she told me to write), she’s been around the block enough to make an informed decision. It is my nearly 4-year-old daughter Matilda that is the real disappointment because of her lack of willingness to even try the hot cross bun. I swear, when a hot cross bun is placed in front of her you’d think her lips were glued together. Come hell or high water, a hot cross bun will never enter that kid’s tummy.

But you know what? At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what sugar-laden treat you like to tuck into at Easter time. Like Christmas, the thing that’s actually really important is family, and for most of us, the extra time we get to spend with them at this magical time of the year. And if you are the only hot cross bun lover in your household, look on the bright side; they freeze beautifully and re-heat a treat. Now, to go and pick up another sneaky six pack at my local…

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