We make them at Easter.
Ever wonder why they are popular during Easter? Here's a very short version of the history...
The use of sweet breads and buns in religious ceremonies goes back thousands of years. Since medieval times, putting a cross on baked goods was common practice. When England became protestant, the cross was considered 'popish' (Catholic, or according to the pope) and it was stopped. Queen Elizabeth I ordered that hot cross buns were only to be offered for sale on special occasions such as Good Friday, Christmas, and at burials.
So, from the late 1600s, with only bread, cakes and buns made on Good Friday continuing to bear a cross (in token of the Crucifixion, and with Puritan blessings) and the ‘Cross Bun’ became a special and unique bread.
And there you go. At Mary's Cakes & Pastries, we find it a good excuse to make these delicious buns. Some come on down and get some. We sell them by the pan of eight.