Colston bun

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Colston bun
Type Sweet bread
Place of origin England
Region or state Bristol
Main ingredients Yeast dough, dried fruit, candied peel, sweet spices
Cookbook: Colston bun  Media: Colston bun

A Colston bun is named after Sir Edward Colston and made in the city of Bristol, England. Composed of a yeast dough flavoured with dried fruit, candied peel and sweet spices. The bun comes into two size categories: "dinner plate" with eight wedge marks on the surface and "ha'penny starver", an individual sized bun.[1]

The Colston Bun is traditionally distributed on Colston Day to some of the school children in Bristol by the Colston Society. The larger bun is taken home to be shared with the child's family, while the 'staver' can be eaten immediately to 'stave off' hunger.[2]

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  1. ^ Alan Davidson (11 August 2014). The Oxford Companion to Food. Oxford University Press. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-19-967733-7. 
  2. ^ "Every picture tells a story - Colston Buns". Bristol Post. 2008-11-10. Retrieved 2014-09-19.