It’s Good Friday, and we all know the tradition is to serve and eat a delicious recipe for hot cross buns. Ours included raisins and is topped with a sugar lemon glaze and cream cheese frosting, yum!
We have mentioned before that us girls at Blooming Bites were raised in nonreligious households, so we wanted to take this opportunity to learn a little about the meaning of Good Friday, and where hot cross buns come into play.
Good Friday, also known as “Holy Friday,” is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. It is celebrated traditionally as the day on which Jesus was crucified. On this day, Christians commemorate the passion, or suffering, and death on the cross of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Over the years there have been different explanations of the significance on why hot cross buns makes their way to our table on Good Friday. Our favorite amongst them all goes like this. Towards the end of the 16th century, when the hot cross buns gained popularity, they were believed to have medicinal or magical properties. Fearful of abusing this power, Queen Elizabeth I passed a law limiting the sale of the sweet buns to funerals, Christmas, and the Friday before Easter. Some even believed that when they are baked on Good Friday, they would never go stale. That’s too funny because in our kitchen they don’t last 24-hours!
I guess the saying really is true, you learn something new everyday. In light of that, let’s talk about some tips and tricks that are good to know when making these for yourself. Most recipes call for your dough to rise for days, however just setting it aside in a warm, draft-free section of your house for 2-3 hours worked for us perfectly. For extra fluffy baked goods, using unbleached all-purpose flour is the only way to go. Lastly, make sure your dough at at least doubles in size before forming your buns, and after forming them continue to let them rise for another 1-2 hours. This step is super important, so be sure to give yourself enough time if you’re making these in a day. As far as hot cross buns recipes goes, this one is one of the easier ones we’ve found, great for all cooking skill levels. We hope you all enjoy, and Happy Good Friday everyone!
Inspirational Quotes- “Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.”- Janine di Giovanni