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Hot cross buns

Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are a type of roll often baked with raisins and noted for having a cross shape on the top either imprinted with a knife or even consisting of icing.

Traditionally, they are eaten during Lent, especially on Good Friday. According to legend, they were first created by a 12th century monk in preparation for Easter.

So closely associated with Good Friday, in 1592 Queen Elizabeth I decided they could only be eaten on Good Friday, Christmas and after burial ceremonies.

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