'Hot cross buns, hot cross buns! One ha'penny, two ha'penny, hot cross buns! If you have no daughters, give them to your sons, One ha'penny, two ha'penny, hot cross buns!'
When I chanted this as a child, I had no clue what it meant, because while we always enjoyed delicious, melt in your mouth, fresh rolls, baked from scratch by my grandma for holiday dinners, ne'er a hot cross bun did I have. Until adulthood.
The traditional hot cross bun is a spiced roll that contains either dried currants or raisins. It's origins are a bit sketchy, and the lore is long, but there is no denying that they are a traditional holy-week food, most often eaten on Good Friday... but let's face it.... they are delicious any time!
The cross is made in the top either by cutting the tightly risen dough with a sharp knife blade, laying thin ropes of dough across the bun, or by piping on white icing.
There are hundreds of recipes on the internet, and instead of me telling you which you should use, I'm going to let you choose, and then you'll hopefully share your favorites with me!
What I will say, is that making and eating a hot cross buns, is a fun, flavorful, family activity, that doubles as a good conversation topic and history lesson with a delicious ending.
One ha'penny, two ha'penny, hot cross buns!