Hot Cross Buns

I have always been a little puzzled as to why today is called Good Friday? What could possibly be good about the day that we remember when Jesus died. It was a dark day, of feeling defeated, a day of suffering and pain. I have only more recently understood that it is in fact from the original meaning of God’s Friday, meaning it was His day. The day that he finished it all and gave the most precious gift of his son.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

The good news comes on Sunday when we can celebrate that Jesus went beyond the grave and which means we can enter a new life with Him.

On this Good Friday, we are making some Hot Cross Buns using a Mary Berry recipe. The history of them is said to date back as far as 1500’s and linked to Easter message although some say they date back further to pagan traditions. The flour and water paste is to represent the cross, of Jesus that we remember today and the spices for his body that would have have used post death to embalm the body. As we make these today, we are going to reflect on the significance of the cross.

If you want to use an eco- alternative to clingfilm for proving them use can use a reusable beeswax wrap or some grease proof paper and a large elastic band. You can also batch cook these and freeze them. Hot Cross Buns seem to only be around in the shops at this time of year and by freezing them you can have a tasty treat any time by toasting them with a little butter or marmalade from my easy to make recipe.

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