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OLDEST HOT CROSS BUN IN THE WORLD

Thursday March 28th, 2013
OLDEST HOT CROSS BUN IN THE WORLD

A woman in London is the proud owner of the oldest hot cross bun in the world. Nancy Timan keeps the 192-year-old bun in a box and despite its age it still has a cross on the top, shows no traces of mould and still retains its smell.

The 94 year old told the press that the bun was baked by her great, great, great, grandfather, William Skinner in 1821, the year Napoleon died and George IV was crowned. It has since been handed down through five generations.

Nancy said, 'It's a relic which has been passed down through our family and we get it out every Good Friday... It is rock hard like a fossil and the currants have disintegrated, but it still smells and looks like a hot cross bun, with the cross on the top.'

Nancy’s mum gave her the bun and she intends to hand it down to her own daughter Anthea and her ten year old granddaughter Hannah.

Nancy, from Deeping St James, Lincs said, 'My mum said our ancestors worked in a baker's shop and they believed buns baked on Good Friday didn't go mouldy, which this has proved... I think it was kept as it was made on Good Friday, which was a very special day. It has been preserved in a box for nearly 200 years now... It's a rather unusual family heirloom, but I'm proud of it and we still get the bun out of its box every Easter.'
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