Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are enjoying the new look of Recipe Runner. I hope I didn’t freak you out and confuse you with the new look. I for one am loving it so far! There are still some fixes and adjustments to be made so please be patient with me as I continue to make improvements. If you have any questions or comments about the new layout feel free to shoot me an email. Now that that’s all cleared up, lets move on to these Hot Cross Buns!
Every Easter since I was a kid my mom has always made hot cross buns. The recipe makes about 18 buns so they are perfect to share with the neighbors and friends. On Easter morning we would go to the EARLY service at church, usually the sun was just starting to come up. We would load into the car and were all responsible to holding on to a plate of the buns. My mom always made some for the pastor and his wife, along with some of her friends. When we got home the rest of the hot cross buns were divvied up between our family and the neighbors.
They were always such a treat to come home to after the Easter church service. My sister and I would usually stuff our faces with a couple of them as fast as we could so we go start the Easter egg hunt, because as I’m sure you all know that’s the most exciting part of Easter morning for kids!
In case you aren’t familiar with hot cross buns here’s the scoop. A hot cross bun is a bun spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and full of currants or raisins. The buns are traditionally eaten hot or toasted during Lent and are typically marked with a cross on top of them. There are also some superstitions surrounding hot cross buns (I had no idea until I did a little reading). One superstition suggests keeping a bun for medicinal purposes…ok, not sure how a stale bun will help. Another says that sharing these buns with others will ensure friendship in the coming year…I could believe this one. Then my favorite, hanging a bun in the kitchen all year will protect against fire and ensure that all your breads turn out perfectly. I may need to try this, plus it would definitely be a conversation piece! Superstitions aside, these are a delicious and fun Easter tradition to start with your family!