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Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns, Hot cross buns,
one a penny, two a penny,
hot cross buns,
If you have no daughters,
give them to your sons,
one a penny, two a penny,
Hot Cross Buns.


A hot cross bun is a kind of sugary spiced bun made with currants and leavened with yeast. It has a cross on the top which might be prepared in a assortment of ways: it could be pastry, finished from a simple flour and water combination, cut from rice paper and glazed onto the bun, or just cut into the bun itself. In a lot of historically Christian countries, the buns are customarily eaten on Good Friday, with the cross standing as a sign of Christ. They are supposed by a few to pre-date Christianity, though, being used in rituals in paganism, although there is no original basis and the initial recorded use of the expression is not until 1733. One more urban legend is that the Christian church in England attempted to ban them, but they were too well-liked, and in its place Elizabeth I approved a law permitting their consumption, but only on specific spiritual occasions such as Easter and Christmas.