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Meet Newcastle’s Top Hot Cross Bun Crosser

No Easter would be complete without a delicious hot cross bun, and for Asda shoppers in Newcastle this year, that’s all down to the work of its skilled hot cross bun crosser, Paul Nicholson.
 At Easter, the bakery team at Asda bake and precision cross up to 3,000 hot cross buns per week – as demand for the nation’s favourite baked Easter treat remains higher than ever.
With 19 of years’ experience in the role, Paul, who is from Ashington and works as part of the store’s bakery team has perfected the art of bun crossing, which means no off-centre crosses on the sultana-filled seasonal buns.
Paul Nicholson, section leader at Asda Byker said:  “Hot cross buns continue to be a seasonal favourite with our customers and are a very traditional item, so it’s important to have an eye for detail – we don’t want a wonky cross on top of the bun!
 “We take great pride in ensuring the same level of quality and attention is paid to the thousandth bun, as we do the first.
 “The ideal Hot Cross Bun should be well risen and light, it should have plump and juicy fruit, a hint of spice and, of course, a perfectly central cross.
 “I’ve perfected my cross-spotting technique and love seeing them fly off the shelves.
 “For me, the best way to serve is to split it, toast it until it is golden brown and spread with a slightly salted butter on the top- the perfect flavour combination!
“They are versatile too and make a great breakfast or light snack with a cup of tea or even as a snack for the kids.”
Across the entire UK, an estimated 50 million hot cross buns will be sold by Asda this Easter.
Asda Byker is situated inside Newcastle Shopping Park and is open Monday to Saturday 6am – 10pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.
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