One-A-Pen-ny, Two-A-Pen-ny, Hot Cross Buns

Sticky BunsThough most commonly associated with Easter and very often eaten on Good Friday, hot cross buns are actually believed to pre-date Christianity, with evidence suggesting they were made by early Saxons or even early Greeks. These sweet yeast rolls, lightly spiced and studded with raisins or other dried or candied fruits, are named for their signature cross, which is either cut into the dough, painted on with icing or both.

It has been suggested that sharing a hot cross bun with another while saying "half for you and half for me, between us two shall goodwill be" ensures friendship in the coming year. One of our favorite Kowalski's shoppers, Zoë Francios, author of Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day, is sharing her version of hot cross buns with Kowalski's in a special holiday recipe. You can find her step-by-step instructions, complete with helpful photos, here.

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