Many individuals and families have special foods for Christmas, Easter, and other significant days. I love having Conference Cake each General Conference! Such traditions help make the day even more memorable. Without going overboard and thus missing the mark, designated Good Friday foods can also turn our focus to the Savior.
Hot cross buns have been a traditional Good Friday food for centuries. What’s the history of hot cross buns? According to Wikipedia:
- 6th Century Greeks may have marked cakes with a cross
- Some believe a 14th-century monk gave something like hot cross buns to the poor on Good Friday.
- In 1592 the people in England were forbidden to sell hot cross buns except at burials, on Good Friday, or at Christmas.
- By at least 1733, the phrase “hot cross buns” was recorded in literature
Hot cross buns are a sweet bread, marked with a cross, to help us remember that “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Here’s a recipe you might want to try! Note that there are lots of recipes and adjustments people suggest, so don’t be afraid to experiment and develop the hot cross bun recipe that will help make Good Friday a special day to focus on the Savior’s atoning sacrifice.