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Three things you didn’t know about hot cross buns

WHAT FOOD COMES TO MIND when you think about Easter? For us here at Cedele, it isn’t colourful Easter eggs, it’s our wide array of hot cross buns. But have you ever stopped to wonder why hot cross buns are only eaten during Easter? We’ve decided to dig a little deeper into the origin of these spiced buns and here are some interesting anecdotes…


Three things you didn’t know about Hot Cross Buns:

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1. A monk introduced the cross to the bun

Like most food histories, there are multiple stories. The most common story is that a 12th Century monk baked the buns, and marked them with a cross in honour of Good Friday. The spiced buns soon grew popularity around England as a symbol of the holiday weekend. However, some researchers say that the cross on the bun was not originally a reference to the Christian story. Instead, it was modelled after the Celtic cross that has equal length bars which represent the intersection of earth and Heaven, the human and the divine. Nevertheless, this seems to have blended over the years to point to the traditional Christian symbolism.


2. Hot cross buns got banned in England

In 1592, Queen Elizabeth I issued a decree that forbade the sale of hot cross buns, except at burials, and during Good Friday and Christmas. Some historians say that it was because the buns were just too special to be eaten year round. Others believe that the Protestants in power were trying to rid the country of a symbol of English Catholicism. Despite this, people got around this rule by baking their own buns in their own kitchens. However, if caught, they had to give up all of their illegal buns to the poor.


3. Many superstitions surround the humble hot cross bun

According to English folklore, buns baked and served on Good Friday will stay fresh and not grow mold for a whole year. In the past, some considered the hot cross bun almost like a good luck charm. They hung it in their kitchen rafters to protect from evil spirits or prevent kitchen fires. Similarly, sailors brought it with them on voyages, claiming that the buns endow their boats with protection from shipwreck.


Our Easter hot cross buns

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[From left to right: Pandan Coconut, Chocolate Chip, and our Classic hot cross buns]

At Easter every year, we consistently offer you a range of hot cross buns. This year is no different! We’re bringing back the Classic hot cross buns, which are filled with raisins, cranberries, orange peel, and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.

We know you love these, so we’re bringing back our Pandan Coconut and Chocolate Chip hot cross bun flavours. Choose the Pandan Coconut for hot cross buns with a local twist. Or pick our kid-friendly soft dark roll, because you can’t really go wrong with chocolate chip.

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[From left to right: Green Tea Chocolate Chip, and Mexican Cheese hot cross buns]

This Easter, we’re introducing a couple of exciting new flavours. First, our Green Tea Chocolate Chip hot cross bun, where chocolate chips are baked into a light and tender matcha brioche. Also available, our Mexican Cheese bun, which combines Mexican spices and cheddar cheese for a slightly spicy kick.


But that’s not all: Mexican Hot Cross Sliders


On top of our range of hot cross buns, we’re also offering Mexican Hot Cross Sliders at our Bakery Cafe outlets. Order pulled pork & avocado (pictured above) or turkey ham & cheese paired with our Mexican Cheese hot cross bun.

Can’t wait? Visit our Bakery Cafe outlets to bite into these hot cross buns!