Hot cross buns

A sweet bun with raisins and marked with a cross on the top, hcbs were traditionally made from Lent to Palm Sunday when use of dairy products was forbidden. Their symbolic use during Easter is believed to be linked to Elizabeth I of England who forbade the sale of the buns except during burials. Superstition about the medicinal qualities of these buns, which were said to help the ill recover when pieces are given, reinforce the tie to Christian Easter celebrations. Today they embrace the notion of sharing and friendship: "Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be".

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