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Saturday, April 23, 2011

All about the buns: Hot Cross Buns!

Hot Cross Buns from Dewey's Bakery

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

Hot cross buns! 
Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons!"

According to the wisdom of Wiki, in many historically Christian countries, buns are traditionally eaten hot or toasted on Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of the Crucifixion of Christ. 

English folklore includes many superstitions surrounding hot cross buns. One of them says that buns baked and served on Good Friday will not spoil or become mouldy during the subsequent year. Another encourages keeping such a bun for medicinal purposes. A piece of it given to someone who is ill is said to help them recover.

Sharing a hot cross bun with another is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year, particularly if "
Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be" is said at the time. Because of the cross on the buns, some say they should be kissed before being eaten. If taken on a sea voyage, hot cross buns are said to protect against shipwreck. If hung in the kitchen, they are said to protect against fires and ensure that all breads turn out perfectly. The hanging bun is replaced each year.
Easter Gift Tins
Hop on over to Dewey's for  these sweet
Easter sugar cookies in pastel hues.


  1. I tend to learn new stuff from your blog...all the time! Happy Easter, my friend!

  2. That's great! We should share a bun sometime. :)