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Apr 18, 2019

YWCA’s Hot Cross Buns with a Purpose

The baking of cross buns is a part of the Belizean tradition at Easter time. In many homes it brings families together and for others it brings in an extra income at this time. The YWCA has been making cross buns for many years and every year have to fulfill over two or three hundred orders. They have used it as a way to raise funds for a program called Helping Early Leavers.  Today, reporter Andrea Polanco stopped by the YWCA’s kitchen to learn more about the recipe of their hot cross bun and how it helps to raise much needed funds.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The hot cross bun is a part of the Belizean tradition at Easter time. Many families still make these buns at home, but for those who may not have a recipe or don’t have the time to make the cross buns, there are places like the YWCA that make these buns to sell.  We start the process by combining the ingredients and mixing them together for a few minutes.


Socorro Wiltshire, Hospitality Department, YWCA

“We start with five pounds of flour; three packs of coconut powder; two cups of sugar; vanilla; yeast; all spice; cinnamon; nut meg; one pound of shortening; add warm water as we go along mixing. So, you add the flour into the mixer, then the sugar, coconut powder, after that add the spices, then we add the vanilla, followed by the shortening. We put on the paddle for the mixer. So, after all the dry ingredients, we add the water just a little bit at a time and so everything is well mixed. It takes like two to three minutes and then it is done.”


And when the dough is ready – it is cut into pieces, weighed and rolled into balls. Those are then pressed down to get the shape of the bun and left for thirty-minutes. After which the signature cross is placed on top. The dough is then placed in the oven for some thirty or forty minutes to bake. At YWCA, these hot cross buns are made to continue that Belizean tradition, but they are also used to raise funds for the non-profit organisation. Public Relations Officer for the YWCA Joevannie Collins says that the hospitality department has perfected the recipe so that the public can help them to raise monies for the helping early leavers program which caters to young girls.


Joevannie Collins

Joevannie Collins, PR, YWCA

“This was one of the fundamental fundraisers that was common and ordinarily have to happen during this time of the year. The cross bun stems from generation to generation. So, between those generations we have been tweaking – trial and error but nevertheless we found out the best remedy of all. We continue with that recipe in order to provide great service and a good product to our Belizean buyers. It is a tradition and we uphold that tradition and that is why we promote it as an Easter bun. The regular bun and the Easter bun are two different things, as I was told. I see these ladies working and you could see the effort they put in it. A traditional bun is heavier than a regular bun that we would sell, reason being because of the spices and every other ingredient that goes in it. Monies that are made from these products then stem towards the infrastructure; salaries; equipment needed for these girls in the Helping Early Leavers program that really and truly need the help.”


After the buns are taken out of the oven, they are left to cool and then they are glazed with a special mix of spices, butter and brown sugar. As Collins explains, once that is done – they are ready to be eaten however you prefer.


Joevannie Collins

“In my home, I know the traditional thing is to fry your fish; have your bread and your bun. Unfortunately, I am allergic to seafood but I definitely go towards the bread and bun and eat it with some cheese; butter and cheese and that is my meal for the day. In every other Belizean home, I know that you could find bread and bun.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.


If you didn’t get a chance to taste the YWCA’s hot cross buns, you can always give them a call at 223-4971 to buy the regular bun and bread to support the Helping Early Leavers Program.  If you want more information – you can like the YWCA’s Facebook Page.

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