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Latest from Deeks - The Origins of Easter Hot Cross Buns

By Theresa de Castella 25/02/2018 2:39 pm

EASTER TIME with DEEKS CHOC CROSS BUNS
Indulge in the time honoured tradition of Hot Cross Buns. Have them warm, toasted or even chocolate!

According to Smithsonianmag.com, A 12th-century monk was the first person to mark the bun with a cross. This monk baked the buns on Good Friday, in honour of the upcoming Easter holiday, IrishCentral reports, and they soon gained popularity around England as a symbol of the holiday weekend.

In keeping with Easter tradition, Deeks offers delicious grain free Fruit Hot Cross Buns AND Choc Hot Cross Buns.

They expel bad spirits.

Due to the blessed cross on top, hot cross buns hung in the kitchen are supposed to protect from evil spirits. They’re also said to prevent kitchen fires from breaking out, and ensure that all breads baked that year will turn out perfectly delicious. Likewise, taking hot cross buns on a voyage at sea endows the boat with some protection from shipwreck, according to legend.

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.” 

They’re too sacred to eat any old day.

In 1592, Queen Elizabeth I decreed that hot cross buns could no longer be sold on any day except for Good Friday, Christmas or for burials. They were simply too special to be eaten any other day. To get around this, people baked the buns in their own kitchens—although if they were caught they had to give up all of the illegal buns on their premises to the poor.


Source: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/

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