Why are hot cross buns so delicious?
Dabelle can get a bee in her bonnet about certain things – she likes to investigate. Easter has just been and gone and during a conversation, someone asked her “What is a hot cross bun?”. Having seen Debbie and her family eating them every Easter, she had to get a real answer to the question.
They are traditionally eaten over Easter and have significance to the Christain religions in the British Isles, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and some parts of the Americas. It is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins, marked with a cross on the top. Different parts of the hot cross bun have a certain meaning, including the cross representing the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside signifying the spices used to embalm him at his burial. Eaten on Good Friday, it marks the end of Lent (Source: Wikipedia).
Hayibo, in some countries (South Africa included) the buns are now available all year round, which kind of means they lose their special significance.
She decided to try some herself. They were delicious!
She immersed herself in the buns and using her sleuth-like abilities, found out they are packed with currents, raisins, citrus peel and laced with spices. When toasted and topped with butter and honey they are finger-licking good! Some people, like her friend Debbie, even eat them with a slice of tart cheese, which compliments the sweetness of the buns wonderfully. She knows a lot of people who would say “Hayibo! Who eats cheese with sweet things?”
The South African word of the day
Hayibo! [Hai-bo] – wow! Derived from the Zulu word meaning “definitely not!” This word is usually expressed on its own, at the start or end of a sentence when something seems unbelievable. Example: “Hayibo! Ha! Ha! Ha! I can’t believe that!”
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