“Hot cross buns, hot cross buns,
one a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns,
if you have no daughters give them to your sons,
one a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns”
This popular English nursery rhyme dates back to the time when hot cross buns were sold on Good Friday in streets and market squares. Vendors shouted out the price of their wares in a sing-song voice and customers came running to buy the delicious spicy treats.
Hot cross buns are still traditionally baked and eaten on Good Friday, not just in Britain but in English speaking countries all over the world. The shiny brown top is decorated with a pastry cross to symbolise the crucification and to commemorate the holy day. Hot cross buns are usually enjoyed fresh from the oven with butter and jam and a nice cup of tea in the afternoon.
Sharing a hot cross bun with another is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year. When eating the bun you should say, “Half for you and half for me, between us two shall goodwill be”. If taken on a sea voyage, hot cross buns are said to protect against shipwreck and if hung in the kitchen, it is believed that they will guard against fire and ensure that everything you bake during the year turns out perfectly!