Hot Cross Buns

Buns and small cakes have long been tied to holidays and religious festivals.  According to The Oxford Companion to Food, the Egyptians honored the goddess of the moon with tiny round cakes and the Saxons celebrated Eostre, the goddess of light, (from whom Easter gets its name) by eating buns marked with a cross.  In England, eating hot cross buns on Good Friday became popular in Tudor times.  It was thought that bread baked on Good Friday would never go bad, and that hanging up a cross bun would protect one from bad luck.  Often served hot by street vendors, the little buns decorated with the shape of a cross were eventually called “Hot Cross Buns”.

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