The Oldest Hot Cross Bun in the World?

Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

Don't get me wrong, a toasted hot cross bun, all crisp around the edges with pools of melted butter wobbling around on the top of it is one of my all time favourite treats (come on, you want one now, don't you?).

But check out this one I discovered at Tudor House Museum in Southampton. Rumour has it that the bun came off of the Mayflower ship that set sail for America in 1620 from Plymouth. Which makes it almost 400 years old! It's currently displayed in a cabinet upstairs in the museum if you want to see it for yourself. It's bone dry and has a few holes in it - but most things would be I imagine after 400 years.

Tudor House Museum in Bugle Street, Southampton SO14 2AD has just been re-opened to the public after ten years of restoration. Telephone: 023 80 834242.