Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Carnival , Ash Wednesday & Lent

First off — No, we don’t have paczki today. We are quietly celebrating Fat Tuesday with our usual range of Tuesday products — all of them delicious and carefully made, but none with the calorie density of a paczek.

We do have one special today — Jalapeno Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits. They don’t really tie into Mardi Gras in any way, but we rarely make them so I should mention it.

Now, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

Hot Cross Buns

We will be baking Hot Cross Buns tomorrow and every Wednesday during Lent, and then one extra bake on Good Friday. Ours are made with an allspice spiced dough and add currents and golden raisins soaked in a bit of rum. The cross is a bit of extra dough piped on and baked with the rest of the bun, and then they get a light syrup glaze while they are still hot to give them a nice shine and sweet surface. They are as authentic to the British tradition as we can get.

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha’ penny, two ha’ penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha’ penny,
Two ha’ penny,
Hot Cross Buns!

In other news, we used up our pecans and don’t plan to buy anymore until the price gets a little more reasonable. Starting this week, we will have Hazelnut Raisin Rounds on Friday instead of the Cranberry Pecan we’ve had since Thanksgiving. Please try it if you haven’t before. Hazelnuts add a wonderful dimension to naturally leavened bread.

Peter

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