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bettyAnd just like Christian practices, partying and fish are Easter traditions, so too are cross-buns which have become a staple on Good Friday. Making the buns to satisfy the demand is hard work, but today we visited a home in Orange Walk where the tradition has been kept very much alive and, well, cooking. Betty Lopez has been making cross buns since the age of 15.

Yari Catzim-Reporting

In this kitchen, the work to make cross buns began from 9:30 this morning. Today she is making enough to satisfy orders for over 100 buns, and is doing it 5 pounds at a time. Grandma Betty allowed us into her home for a look at what she says is a labour of love.

Yari Catzim-Reporter

How much buns do you have to make for today?”

Miss Betty

“One hundred and thirty-two.”

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“For how much years have you been doing this?”

Miss Betty

“For about fifteen years, because my mama used to do it every year from we were small. We used to watch her so when I was fifteen she used to tell me Betty you have to do it.”

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“How much you enjoy doing bun?”

Miss Betty

“I love it, yes I love it.”

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“Something that you look forward to?”

Miss Betty

“Oh yes!, I love it. This is how you go about doing the bun, this is one pound and half of sugar, because some people don’t like it too sweet you know, sometime you can put two pounds but I use one pound and a half, because some a my people no like it too sweet.

Apart from flour and sugar, Lopez includes two ingredients for a unique taste - cinnamon and nutmeg.

Betty Lopez

I add the Yeast, one pack of yeast, one and half pack of yeast. Then I mix it together so that the yeast could blend good with the flour and the sugar, have to add the cinnamon powder, add the nutmeg and the raisin and the vanilla.”

The other ingredients include shortening, butter, raisins and coconut milk. As she mixed her dough Lopez told us that she is working on passing this tradition on to her grandchildren.

Miss Betty

My grandchildren tell me Grand I could see this morning you don’t have anything ready for us yet for the kitchen because I know when you ready you are in smile and in happy because i know you love the kitchen.”

Yari Catzim-Reporting

“Being that it is Easter you know you see a lot of people want to eat your bun.?

Miss Betty

“Yes, yes a lot of people order buns and I try to do my best because it is a lot of work so I want to train my granddaughter teach her to get in the kitchen and start making bun.”

The dough needs to be mixed for at least 45 minutes. After that it is left for a while then kneaded again. After another 45 minutes the last kneading is done and then it is ready for the final step. Many have tasted Grandma Bettys cross buns, and the reviews have all been good.

Miss Betty

“I have eaten some of the bun that you have made before and it is really good what do people tell you when they see you?”

Miss Betty

“People always tell me that how the taste so good. When I went to the shop to buy the flour a young man was there and he said like how a lot of children call me granny Betty you soon start today to do the nice buns I tell him yes, yes, something I like.”

And what makes the buns so delicious? Grandma Betty says the most special ingredient in her buns is love.

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“Being that it is Easter you know you see a lot of people want to eat your bun.?

Miss Betty

“Yes, yes a lot of people order buns and I try to do my best because it is a lot of work so I want to train my granddaughter teach her to get in the kitchen and start making bun.”

“I believe it is the way that I do it with all my heart, whenever I am doing my buns , I pray and ask God to guide my hands to put all the ingredients together so the bun can come out with good taste and the people will like it.”

And as the first batch of bread is taken out and made ready for distribution, we assure you that the customers today will be well satisfied with the soft and tender Creole cross buns made by Grandma Betty.

Betty Lopez makes buns almost every two weeks. If you would like to place your orders for next time you can call 660-9996.

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+2 #1 elvia lopez 2011-04-25 01:03
hi am so proud of my mom i miss her crossbun so much is the best buns in the world i told my kids next easter we will be home to eat some buns from granma.thankyou ctv3 for interviewing my mom for her super delicious crossbuns.
 

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