Hot cross buns at Easter
By Alex Brooks |
Hot cross buns

It is traditional to eat warm hot cross buns on Good Friday, usually at breakfast or morning tea. The spicy, sweet and fruity flavours of hot cross buns have long been an Easter tradition, there is even an old rhyme about the buns:

"Hot cross buns, Hot cross buns,
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns."

There are plenty of traditions and superstitions around hot cross buns, which are really just a simple spiced fruit bun with pasty in the shape of a cross laid over the top to symbolise the cross which Jesus died on.

Baking hot cross buns on Good Friday was believed to bring amazing luck and many people believed that hot cross buns made on the holiest day in the Christian calendar never went mouldy and could be kept for up to a year.

Some people would keep the hot cross buns in the belief it would protect the house from ever catching fire and others grated up the hot cross buns into warm milk to heal upset tummies.

Hot cross buns are not as difficult to make as many people imagine. Why not try these recipes and see if you can make your own luck on Good Friday?

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