7 Amazing facts about hot cross buns

7 Amazing facts about hot cross buns

  • 11 March 2021
Hot cross buns are a spiced sweet bun traditionally made with dried fruit such as sultanas or raisins, currants, and cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. They are marked on the top with a cross that is made with flour and water prior to baking. Nowadays you can also find many other variants, like chocolate and fruitless hot cross buns.

This Easter treat is traditionally eaten on Good Friday, but they are now available all year round in some shops, and we’re not complaining!

There are many superstitious beliefs surrounding these buns and they have a fascinating history. Here are 7 surprising facts you may not know about the famous hot cross bun!


  • The world’s oldest hot cross bun is believed to be more than 200 years old! A couple from Essex in England have a bun accompanied by a letter that says it was made in 1807.

  • Although now associated with Easter, it is believed hot cross buns pre-date Christianity. During the Pagan festival of Eastre, in which they celebrated the goddess Eostre, the Saxon’s prepared and ate buns marked with a cross. the cross on the bun is thought to have represented the four quarters of the moon.

  • Queen Elizabeth I passed a law during her reign which only permitted bakers to make hot cross buns at Easter and Christmas - it was illegal to sell spiced buns on any other day.

  • Some believe if you share a hot cross bun with somebody you will be friends with that person for the following year.

  • People in the middle ages believed if hot cross buns were hung in a kitchen, they would prevent kitchen fires and would also ensure that all of the bread baked that year would turn out great.

  • Another superstition from that time was that buns baked and served on Good Friday will not become mouldy over the next year.

  • Hot cross buns were also believed to have magical powers that protected ships from shipwreck if they were taken on a sea voyage.



  • We don’t know whether these superstitions are true are not, but we sure do know that they are delicious!