Good Friday is around the corner and observed by Christians just two days before Easter Sunday. Among quite a lot of delicacies made traditionally on Good Friday, there is one special treat called Hot Cross Buns. Scroll down for recipe!
Christians across the globe are all set to observe Good Friday on 7th April this year. Good Friday falls two days before Easter Sunday and Christians observe the crucifixion of Jesus Christ two before the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter. Good Friday rituals consist of fasting, praying and doing church services which usually takes place in the afternoon. There is a plethora of dishes made and eaten on Good Friday and one of these is a special treat called hot cross buns. But what exactly are hot cross buns?
If there is a nursery rhyme that you are thinking of, we are sailing in the same boat. Hot cross buns are sweet, fresh spiced buns that are prepared on Good Fridays for over centuries. Made up of sugar, flour, yeast, oil and dry fruits, these sweet buns have a dense texture with both sweet and spicy flavour tingling the tongue at the same time. Traditionally, a cross is made on these buns either with icing or carved before the buns are put to bake. The cross represents the cross on which the Jesus Christ was crucified. Earlier, these buns were exclusively made on Good Fridays but as their popularity increased, they were made and enjoyed the whole year.
Making hot cross buns on Good Friday could be because of many theories believed. While some say that it highlights the Christianity symbolism, some believe a different theory. A legend believes that Queen Elizabeth I had passed a law against the distribution of these sweet buns at the time of Good Fridays, Easter, Christmas and funerals. The citizens did abide by the law, but they were quite superstitious as according to them, the buns had some magical and medicinal properties. They neglected the law and anyway made these sweet buns. Because these buns were not easy to make, they were made in big batches only on special occasions. Among the many superstitions, one was that if the sweet buns are made on Good Friday, they would stay fresh for the whole year. After the popularity of these buns kept increasing, the Queen’s government had to banish the law in the end.
Another legend believes that these buns were first baked by an Anglican Monk somewhere around the 12th century and the cross was put there on purpose. No matter how it came to being, it is an indominable tradition followed on Good Friday. Wanna know how to make these hot cross buns this Good Friday? Here is the recipe.