Did you know hot crossed buns were once nearly banned?

Here are some of the many tales about the origin of this traditional Easter treat

12 April 2020 - 00:01 By Andrew Unsworth

Amid much cheerful drinking, every Good Friday a Royal Navy sailor adds a hot cross bun to a net of old buns from previous years hanging above the bar.

Legend has it that in the 1820s a widow lived in a cottage which had stood on the site of the pub in the East End of London. When her son, a sailor, wrote home asking to have a hot cross bun ready when he arrived home over Easter, she did. But he never arrived home, so she kept a bun for him and added one every year for the rest of her life...

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