The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and hot cross bun fun facts. During our research for our daily content, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Hot Cross Bun Fun Facts.

Hot Cross Bun Fun Facts: A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins and marked with a cross on the top.

  • The hot cross bun is traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, South Africa, India, and Canada.
  • In many historically Christian countries, buns are traditionally eaten hot or toasted during Lent, beginning with the evening of Shrove Tuesday (the evening before Ash Wednesday) to midday Good Friday.
  • The traditional method for making the cross on top of the bun is to use shortcrust pastry; however, more recently recipes have recommended a paste consisting of flour and water.
  • In the Czech Republic, mazanec is a similar cake or sweet bread eaten at Easter time. It often has a cross marked on top.

Key Date

  • September 11th is National Hot Cross Buns Day.

Superstitions about Hot Cross Buns:

– If you share a hot cross bun with someone else, you’re supposedly going to be friends for the year. Especially if you say “Half for you and half for me. Between us two shall goodwill be” at the time.
– Some people believe in kissing the bun before eating it because it’s got a cross on it.
– They apparently protect against shipwrecks while at sea.
– And, if you hang one in your kitchen, they’ll protect against fire and make all your breads rise perfectly – so long as each year your replace the bun.

Fun Facts We Missed

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Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Hot Cross Buns.

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