Posted: 3rd April 2017
Chocolate eggs at the ready, Easter is on its way and there’s a traditional sweet treat that Easter just wouldn’t be the same without – hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns are now sold and enjoyed throughout the year but they were once reserved for special occasions only.
Towards the end of the sixteenth century, Queen Elizabeth I passed a law decreeing that the sale of buns, spiced cakes, bread and biscuits was restricted to funerals and the Friday before Easter and Christmas. They were deemed to be too special to be eaten on any other day.
From there, the tradition of eating them on Good Friday started.
To get around this law, people baked the sweet treats in their own kitchens, as this wasn’t illegal, although if they were caught they had to hand over all of the illegal buns on their premises to the poor.
Not only did the buns grow in popularity, but the law simply became too difficult to enforce and was eventually repealed!