Hot Cross Buns to share with friends at Easter!

Piglet in Portugal

According to English folklore there are many superstitions surrounding hot cross buns. My favorite superstition is accompanied by the rhyme…

“Half for you and half for me,
Between us two shall goodwill be”

Apparently, if you share a hot cross bun while saying the above words it is meant to ensure friendship throughout the coming year.

This is my first attempt at making “Hot Cross Buns” so here’s to sharing them with all my blogging buddies… HaPpY eAsTeR!

Hot Cross Buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday served either hot or toasted. Some believe the cross symbolizes The Crucifixion while others maintain the buns pre-date Christianity. The cross in Saxon times was in honour of the goddess Eostre and symbolized the four quarters of the moon.

For the buns
2 oz caster sugar, plus 1 teaspoon
5fl oz hand-hot water
1 level tablespoon dried yeast
1lb plain flour

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  1. These look so delicious. What a wonderful lore and poem to share with friends and family. Yummy!
    Wishing you & Mr.P a wonderful Easter. 🙂
    Great idea on the re-blog. I didn’t know we could re-blog our own blog posts. Cool! I may do a re-blog on some of my old post. Thanks so much this is very helpful. 🙂


    1. Hi EC,
      I did not realise you could reblog either as I’d always used the “press this” feature on my other blogs. I spotted reblog and thought” I wonder what this button does (as you do)” and hey presto.

      Happy Easter!


  2. Hi nice to meet you, I came through American Resident. I’m a kiwi where Hot Cross Buns with loads of butter are part of my memories of the end of summer – for some reason they not so big in the States where we now live, not sure why…


    1. Olá Jody and pleased to meet you too 🙂 Thanks for swinging by and leaving a comment 🙂 Easter would not be Easer without Hot Cross Buns even if mine tasted like bullets the next day. 🙂


    1. thy do look very nice 🙂 …but what are cups? What measurements do you use?

      re. comments When people leave a comment I am notified by email. Sometimes when you leave a comment I go to reply from my email and I receive a message “page not found”. this is the same when I click on your gravatar. It’s really strange!


      1. Weird. Cups are standard measurements (used also a lot in the US) but I bought my set in the UK. Will look them up later on and let you know what they hold! I use them a lot now as when I first moved out here I didn´t have scales 😦 Now I do though!


      1. Heartburn is not pleasant – did you eat one still hot from the oven?
        I have a fan forced oven, so will use the lower temperature too. Thanks Carole!
        Happy Easter to you too!


    1. We always have Hot Cross buns on Good Friday. I potsed this last Easter time so I thought I would reblog as they were delicious! Just off to make a batch now!HAPPY EASTER!


  3. They look delicious. I only tried baking them once very long ago. With my cooking skills they turned out hard! I might try again using your recipe. Happy Easter!


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