Seeing as it's Good Friday, I sent one of the strapping lads who lives here on over to Elizabeth's Tea Room and Bakery to buy me some hot cross buns. For the record, Elizabeth's makes a very pleasing bun--soft and loaded with currants with a lovely little glaze on top.
While the boy was gone, I went to Wikipedia and read up on hot cross buns. To wit: "According to cookery writer Elizabeth David, Protestant English monarchs saw the buns as a dangerous hold-over of Catholic belief in England, being baked from the dough used in making the communion wafer. Protestant England attempted to ban the sale of the buns by bakers but they were too popular, and instead Elizabeth I passed a law permitting bakeries to sell them, but only at Easter and Christmas."
I thought this was an enjoyable bit of 411--am having a FANTASTIC happy time imagining Protestants running around London feeling threatened by buns and so forth. And of course if there were Frenchmen hanging about, they would have been sneering and going we fart in your general direction.
Bien temps all around!