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  • 28 March 2013, 10:38

World's oldest hot cross bun is 192 years old

Hot cross bun

A woman has the world's oldest hot cross bun - baked on Good Friday in 1821 and passed down through five generations.

Nancy Titman, 94, keeps the 192-year-old bun in a box and amazingly it still has a cross on the top and shows no traces of mould.

The fruity bun, which has even retained its smell, was made by Nancy's great, great, great grandfather William Skinner, who owned a bakery in London.

It was made in the same year as Napolean died, George IV was crowned king, poet John Keats passed away and John Constable painted his famous Hay Wain picture.

"It's a relic which has been passed down through our family and we get it out every Good Friday," said Nancy.

"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 was given the bun, which has the date March 1821 on the base, by her mum and she plans to hand it down to her own daughter Anthea and her 10-year-old granddaughter Hannah.

"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," added Nancy, from Deeping St James, Lincs.

"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."

Hot cross buns with their combination of sweet, spicy and fruity flavours first became popular in Tudor times and have long been an Easter tradition, with the pastry cross symbolising the crucifixion.

In the 19th century many people believed that hot cross buns baked on Good Friday would not go mouldy and had special healing powers.

They thought the buns could be used as a cure for medical complaints such as indigestion.