A hot cross bun is a type of sweet, spiced bun that is traditionally eaten on Good Friday, a Christian holiday that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The bun is marked with a cross on the top, which can be made from a variety of ingredients such as icing, pastry, or a simple flour-water mixture. The cross symbolizes the crucifixion of Jesus, while the spices inside the bun are said to represent the spices used to embalm his body.

Hot cross buns are typically made with a dough that contains ingredients like flour, milk, butter, sugar, currants or raisins, and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. The dough is usually mixed, allowed to rise, shaped into buns, and then baked. After baking, a sweet glaze is often brushed over the top to give the bun a shiny appearance.

Over time, hot cross buns have become popular beyond their religious significance and are now enjoyed as a delicious treat by many people, especially during the Easter season. They can be eaten on their own or toasted and spread with butter. In some cultures, variations of hot cross buns are also made with different types of dried fruits or flavorings.

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