Friday, April 02, 2010

TGIGF - Thank God, It's Good Friday

Tis Good Friday. To Christians, Good Friday and Easter is probably more important than Christmas. Christmas afterall is a birthday celebration, (some random date at that, converted from an old Roman Holiday). It's not really a big deal to be born, but it is a big deal to die a humiliating suffering death and then to resurrect. At least that's our belief. Jesus died for our sins and rose again.

So, I wish all my Christian brethren and brethenesses a blessed Good Friday and Easter, as we reflect on God's many blessings and goodness to us.

Ever since I had Nigel's buns LAST easter, I have had a yearning for Hot Cross Buns, but our busy master baker wasn't doing any this year, so, necessity is the mother of invention, and cravings are the mother of ... do it yourself if you cant buy them. Yes, of course you can buy them, but somehow, commercial ones lack soul, and lurve, and I cannot partake of these buns unless they ARE made with lurve and soul.

The buns themselves have a checkered history.... possibly of pagan origins even....contrary to popular belief (I don't know who's), they do not ward off evil, just because they have a glazed cross on their surface. Protestant England even banned them for awhile, until the Virgin Queen decided to allow it for Easter. After all, they didnt want all the Bakers to meet their Maker from dying of starvation.

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

As with most nursery rhymes, they make no sense, unless you know its usually dark and sinister meaning. Like Mary Mary quite contrary apparently referred to Mary Tudor or Bloody Mary (she was killing of non Catholics during her reign, so how does your garden grow refers to the growing graveyard of protestants), King Henry VIII's daughter. Jack and Jill refers to Louis the XVI and Marie Antoinette respectively, who's head came tumbling after, in the French revolution. Humpty Dumpty was probably a very fat man with high cholesterol.

I digress. So yeah, in the absence of Nigel's buns, I whipped up a batch of my own, taking many shortcuts. Two types, one with raisins, one with candied ginger. I love the ginger ones, as they give a certain zing. Toasted and slathered with butter, they did taste rather good, though texture wise, cannot compare with the Master's.

Want ah? Call me la.


thenomadGourmand said...

They look really good ;)

Can see the air holes (errmm.. yea, not assh** ok..) & so can tell it's fluffy enough (not too dense). The brownin on the surface is jz beautifully russet too.

All showing the making of really good buns ;p

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha want some? of course la, thats the most obvious question and answer, who doesnt want ur buns?

so do u deliver hehe?

ToyGirl said...

u tease...i've been hearing bout your buns for a few days already. still no chance to taste them. got anymore left or not? ^0^

Nigel A. Skelchy said...

I WANT YOUR BUNS! ;-) So do I just call? (methinks if I'm persistent enough I'll get some) Why you won't let me have some. I'll BUY EM!

If not, can someone get some and give me just TWOOOOOOOOO??? PRETTY PLEEEASSEE???


CUMI & CIKI said...

haha i also got an old post of nigel's buns! i should revive it:)

The buns themselves have a checkered history.... possibly of pagan origins even?! u KILL me ahpa..

zomg, there i was holding up the bun with the tiny cross to ward off vampires.. no wonder they ghouls where laffing :P eeeeek

babe_kl said...

such nice plump buns you have there :p

have a Blessed Good Friday and happy Easter!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Blessed Easter, tangechi. They look wonderful. Will call ya! :-D

Julian Si said...

God Bless, bro ... HAPPY EASTER from the faraway Middle East!

Tummy Rumble said...

for a while there I thought you were gonna write a post on Fridays man... LOL... Happy Easter to you :)

breadpitt said...

hey , saw u in the the poster on nutri plus mid;-) i think the last hot cross bun i ever made is 4 years bc when i was in school;-p....u are evil as well like cumi...making people

thule a.k.a leo said...

I want the ginger buns :P but I feel paiseh to ask just like that. What to do???
I'm planning to order another cake from you.. can throw in a couple of buns for free ah?? LOL

qwazymonkey said...

U wait, I'll call my Ah Pa now for some buns!