April 20, 2014


5 Great Historical Myths And Traditions About Hot Cross Buns, a Pre-Easter Pastry : From solidifying friendships to driving evil spirits away, legends abound about these sweet dough balls (Rachel Nuwer, 4/20/14, SMITHSONIANMAG.COM)

Here are five favorites: 

A 12th-century monk was the first person to mark the bun with a cross.

This monk baked the buns on Good Friday, in honor of the upcoming Easter holiday, IrishCentral reports, and they soon gained popularity around England as a symbol of the holiday weekend. However, the first definite record of hot cross buns comes from a 16th and 17th century text stating: "Good Friday comes this month, the old woman runs, with one or two a penny hot cross buns." [...]

And cement friendships.

Those who share a hot cross bun are supposed to enjoy a strong friendship and bond for the next year. A line from an old rhyme captures this lore, says Irish Central: "Half for you and half for me, between us two, good luck shall be." 

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