We associate Hot Cross Buns with Easter, but where did they really come from?

There are various tales about how the Hot Cross Bun came about, Spiced breads have been around for centuries and were generally used in celebrations way before they were associated with Good Friday. The Buns we all know evolved from bread cooked by monks who marked crosses in their bread, to Bless the bread ...... actually the cross that was marked into bread was more likely to allow the bread to rise and had nothing to do with blessing it.

The bread that is used for Hot Cross Buns was a sweat dough enriched with Eggs and Milk which was not allowed to be eaten during Lent. So when Lent was over these small sweet buns were made to celebrate and eaten on Good Friday.

Hot Cross Bun were in fact just known as Good Friday Buns and only had a cross cut into them. The Monks were known to give these to the poor on Good Friday. The name Hot Cross Bun came about in the 1700s along with the plain cross of dough in the centre.

Elizabeth I actually banned the making and eating of Hot Cross Buns unless it was at Christmas, Good Friday or at a Funeral.

If you broke this Law you had to give all your Buns to the poor.

Another folklore tale is that if you take a Hot Cross Bun on a ship with you , then your ship will not be shipwrecked.