A British couple believes they've come across a hot cross bun that was baked more than 200 years ago. Host Scott Simon explains.
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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
Way before Nigella, Tandoori or Jamie Oliver, British cuisine had the hot cross bun, baked for the Easter holidays. And this weekend, Andrew and Dot Munson of Essex told the BBC they've got a hot cross bun that was produced for Good Friday in 1807. That's when King George III was on the throne. Mr. Munson said he got the fossilized confection as a gift about 30 years ago, along with a letter attesting to its ancient lineage.
Guinness World Records says the record for world's oldest hot cross bun is apparently wide open. They'd like a look at the Munson bun, but they might be suspicious if they find a Krispy Kreme sticker on the bottom.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HOT CROSS BUN")
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Singing) Hot cross buns, hot cross buns, one ha' penny, two ha' penny, hot cross buns. If you have no daughters, if you have no daughters, give them to your sons But if you hav...
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