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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

Hot Cross Buns are small, sweet yeast buns with candied fruit, raisins, pecans and coconut, marked on top with a
cross of white confectioners' glaze, and traditionally served during Lent and on Good Friday.

After surviving at least two thousand years of cultural change the humble hot cross bun is definitely here to stay.
However you think of Easter, it wouldn't be the same without one.

Little buns were baked all over pre-Christian Europe in honor of the Spring goddess, Eostre, and the Saxons
carried the tradition to England. They marked their wheat cakes with a cross as the sacred symbol of the sun wheel
which is in perfect balance at the Spring Equinox.

The cross also represents the four seasons, or the four phases of the moon, and were found on the sacrificial
bread of lunar goddesses of many cultures. We use a circle with a cross as the biological symbol for female - the
sign of Venus. When Christianity gained ascendancy, the cross on the bun came to represent the traditional
Christian cross and the Easter festival became dominated by Christian traditions. In modern times we associate hot
cross buns with Good Friday, or at least with the lenten season, but it took a decree from Queen Elizabeth I to limit
consumption of hot cross buns to proper religious ceremonies, such as Christmas, Easter or funerals.
Hot Cross Buns