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Last updated 3/30/2023 at 8:33am

Easter and hot cross buns seem to go together. They are often on the menu for Easter breakfast or dinner. The history of hot cross buns goes back many centuries and tradition indicates they were first made for Good Friday.

Hot cross buns, as we know them today, appear to have originated with Brother Thomas Rodcliffe, a monk at St Albans, England, in 1361. The monks made them to distribute to the poor on Good Friday.

Originally the cross was made on the buns with a paste of flour and water, piped on after the buns were brushed with an egg wash that turned the rest of the surface a dark brown...

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