All you need to know about hot cross buns

Hot cross buns are an Easter tradition. As you will probably know a hot cross bun is a sweet spiced bun made with raisins or currants with a sugary glaze and a white cross marked on top.

The most common recipe has yeast, milk, flour, butter, eggs, sugar, raisins, and a combination of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice, but some older recipes used saffron and mace.

They are traditionally eaten on Good Friday and mark the end of Lent. Different parts of the hot cross bun have certain meanings. The cross marking symbolises the crucifixion of Jesus and the spices used in the dough represent Jesus’ embalming.

Easter biscuits are another delicious treat at this time of year. They originate from the West Country and are made from flour, butter, egg yolk, baking powder, sugar and currants. Did you know some traditional recipes include Cassia oil? The round biscuits are sugary and perfect with a cup of tea as an afternoon treat.

Other tasty Easter goodies are Simnel cake and chocolate nests. We make these by hand in our bakery.

We have a large selection of Easter treats to suit all the family so pop in for a browse. For our Easter weekend opening hours, please click here.