Hot Cross Buns

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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I’ve always enjoyed hot cross buns, which were traditionally made with candied fruit. The candied fruit was often rather petrified, except when my sister would make her own out of grapefruit or orange peel, in which case it was wonderful. My husband and children never liked candied fruit (it must be a British thing, so I’d leave it out, as does this recipe. Also I’d never heard of the cross being made with lemon icing – we always had plain vanilla. Lemon is a great idea!
My Catholic mother-in-law in New Jersey HATED hot cross buns. During Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, that was the only thing her mother would let the family eat, and as a child she preferred to starve those days. However when I made them without the candied fruit, even she liked them.

Wendy Roberts

Thanks for the lesson, Sharon. Hot cross buns have been a part of my Easter since I was a little girl!

Joana Starnes

Thanks, Sharon, for this very interesting post! Always wondered what was the meaning behind the ‘girls first’ and ‘if you have no daughters, give them to your sons’. Did you come across anything about this?


Very interesting. “Sun wheel buns” for spring equinox. Thank you for the bit of history!

Stephanie L

I’ve never had hot cross buns, but they look amazing. I may have to look into that. Hmmmm, very interesting stuff. It never ceases to amaze me how someone would try to limit something as inconsequential as how much people ate a piece of bread.


Yum I don’t mind hot cross buns once a year 😉 I actually made my own once many years ago. I was Quite proud of myself 🙂
Once again the history lesson is amazing Sharon!

Debie Tucker

Save yourself the time, and find a good bakery, Sharon. I remember buying them from La Parisian in Hanford(aka ‘The French Bakery’). We had them for our family Easter Sunrise Service, at home. We did this for several years with the girls. If made correctly the Hot Cross Buns are ‘nice’ – in Belize this means ‘tasty’!
Happy Resurrection Day!

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