These delightful spicy fruit laden hot cross buns have long been an Easter tradition along with the chocolate egg. In England, hot cross buns are marked with a cross. The cross is connected with religious offerings of bread.
Traditionally they are eaten during Lent, in the week leading up to Easter. They mark the end of Lent, the cross representing the crucification of Jesus.
In 1592 Queen Elizabeth I decreed hot cross buns were too special to be eaten any day and could only be sold on Good Friday, Christmas or for burials.
The buns were also believed to have certain medicinal or magical properties, from protecting homes from fires or sailors from shipwreck, and according to superstition, if you bake them on Good Friday they will never go mouldy.
This particular recipe cuts down on ingredients making them quick and easy to make but not losing their great flavour.