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Hot Cross Buns!

If you have the MIDI plug-in, Crescendo, you should be hearing the tune below. If you don't, or if you have difficulties, click here to find further instructions on how to access the music

Try singing this as a partner song to "Great Big House."

When your partner is singing Hot Cross Buns, see if you can sing "Great Big House" at the same time!!
(Or just sing Great Big House" while this tune is playing).

HOT CROSS BUNS was originally a street vendors song. Many Street vendor songs have come down to us as songs we sing today.

Do some research. What is a "Street Vendor?" Why would they sing such songs? What other songs you know could be Street Vendor songs or chants?
When are Hot cross Buns traditionally made?

The Sites below may help:

1. Hot Cross Buns - a definition

2. Ms. Sullivan's class and how they made Hot Cross Buns

3. Here is the whole rhyme
Try making up a melody to the second part of the rhyme. Try it once using the same pitches with a new rhythm (there are too many words to keep it the same!)
Try again making up a whole different tune for the different part and go back to the original for the "One a penny" part.

4. A day in the life of a modern Hot Cross Bun baker

5. Here is a recipe. It comes from this web page


1 cup milk, scalded
3 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tspn cinnamon
3 tblspns melted butter
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 tspn salt
1 tspn grated orange peel
1 pkg dry yeast
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1 tspn milk
1 egg, well beaten

Mix milk, sugar, butter, and salt over heat. Let cool. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add dissolved yeast and egg and mix well. Stir flour and
cinnamon into mixture. Add raisins and orange peel and mix well.

Cover bowl with a cloth and place in a warm spot until dough doubles in size. (1-1/2 hours).

Shape dough into round buns and place all except one on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Cover buns on sheet and let rise for one hour.

Roll the extra bun 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface. Cut into strips 1/4 inch wide, and set aside.

Make a cross on each bun with a sharp knife. Gently press a strip of dough into each cut and pinch off the ends at the base of the buns.

Bake at 400 F. for 20 minutes.

Mix powdered sugar and milk together to make icing.

When buns are baked, remove from oven and let cool slightly. Then sprinkle icing across the top of each bun.

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