Hot cross buns are made from a rich yeast dough containing flour, milk, sugar, butter, eggs, currants and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves). Some bakers add candied fruit and raisins. They are marked on top with a cross, either cut into the dough, made with strips of pastry or piped on with icing.
In England, hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. My Mom always baked them for Easter. She also made wonderful Chelsea buns year round. The funny thing is I don’t ever remember her baking scones (maybe because she was a coffee drinker and not a tea granny like me).
Hot cross buns are a wonderful treat for Good Friday breakfast, served buttered (maybe toasted) with a hot cup of tea.
Have A Blessed Easter