Bakery serves up 600 hot cross buns

NORTH Yorkshire-based Thomas the Baker was tasked with baking a jumbo order of hot cross buns for a service at York Minster.

The Helmsley-based firm cooked 600 spicy currant buns for clergy and congregation attending the Service of Blessing of Oils and Renewal of Ordination Vows, presided over by Archbishop Sentamu.

Clergy from Scarborough were among those attending the service yesterday.

The family-run bakery, which has more than 33 shops across North Yorkshire including braches in Scarborough, delivered the batch of buns to the backdoor of the Minster at 9am in time for the Easter service. The sweet, yeast-leavened treat have always been associated with Easter, with the central white cross symbolising the Crucifixion.

Experienced bakers Ian Ahearn and Allan Simpson, who have both worked for the Yorkshire bakery for more than 18 years, are no strangers to the gargantuan task, producing more than 250,000 buns over the Easter period alone.

“We’re so proud that that our buns have been chosen to be served at this special ceremony,” says Simon Thomas from Thomas’s.

“We’ve had years of experience making the buns and hope that the Minster clergy and Archbishop enjoy them.”

The Rev Glyn Webster, Canon Chancellor of York Minster, said “We are delighted to serve Thomas the Baker hot cross buns.”