NATIONAL HOT CROSS BUN DAY
A sweet, delicious, spiced bun has its day each year on September 11 as it is National Hot Cross Bun Day.
Currants or raisins baked into the bun add a sweet flavor. As noted in the name of this baked good, it’s marked with a cross. To make the cross, bakers use a doughy paste baked into the bread. Sometimes, an icing is used to make the cross instead.
Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten during Lent in many historically Christian countries. Lent begins the evening before Ash Wednesday through Good Friday, and the cross is a symbol of the Crucifixion.
Hot Cross Bun Superstitions
- Buns baked and served on Good Friday will not spoil or mold during the subsequent year. (English folklore)
- Use buns for medicinal purposes. A piece of it given to someone ill will help them recover. (English folklore)
- Sharing one with another person is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year. This is supposed to be especially true if “Half for you and half for me, Between us two, shall goodwill be” is said at the time.
- Some people believe because there is a cross on the bun, they should kiss the buns before eating them.
- Hot cross buns are said to protect you during a sea voyage.
- If hung in a kitchen, they are said to protect against fires and ensure that all bread turns out perfectly. (Replace the hanging bun each year.)
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