Hot Cross Buns

An Ostara necessity, symbolizing the 4 quarters of the moon. Granted, I am a little late for Ostara, but these have also become a staple for Good Friday, being marked with a cross symbolizing the crucifixion, as well. The term "Hot Cross Buns" does not appear in print until 1733. However, this spiced, fruited, rich, yeasted sweet bun can be dated back, not only to the pre-Christian Saxons of Britain, but as far back as the ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian religious celebrations. Bread seems to be a common theme running through the ages. As a side note, it is good luck to share your bun with a friend, following the old adage "Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be".