It is Easter week and now is the time to eat Hot Cross Buns. The delicious, fruity buns are such a favourite that they appear - it seems - in British shops before the Christmas decorations are taken down. They are in fact an Easter treat and traditionally eaten on Good Friday.
The buns are marked with a cross and were originally eaten by the Saxons to honour their goddess Eostre - it is thought the bun represented the moon and the cross the moon's quarters. To Christians, the cross symbolizes the crucifixion.
This recipe is a quicker, lighter - and somewhat easier - recipe than my traditional one, both are delicious, just depends on how much time you have.
QUICK TIP: Make a large batch and after baking keep some back to eat warm with lots of butter and freeze the rest.