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We all know the old nursery rhyme about hot cross buns, the spiced, sweet bread filled with sultanas, raisins or currants and marked with a pastry cross that is now synonymous with Good Friday (which falls two days before Easter).
There is some uncertainty about the origin of hot cross buns
and how they came to be associated with Easter. The most popular theory is that during the reign of Elizabeth I, the London Clerk of Market issued a decree forbidding the sale of hot cross buns except at burials, on Good Friday and Christmas. Eventually, the buns were made solely on Good Friday.