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Hot Cross Buns- Good Friday

Updated: May 13

Hot cross buns!

Hot cross buns!

One ha’ penny, two ha’ penny,

Hot cross buns!

If you have no daughters,

Give them to your sons

One ha’ penny,

Two ha’ penny,

Hot Cross Buns!


Hot Cross Buns are a delicious spiced bun traditionally made on Good Friday in countries all over the world. Each bun is marked with a cross on the top to symbolize and remind us of the crucifixion of Christ. They are also packed with spices to signify the spices that were used on Jesus during the burial ritual. Another intriguing addition to the recipe is the use of orange zest. The addition of this citrus fruit is meant to remind us of the bitterness that comes with the cross.


These delicious and theologically rich Hot Cross Buns are a Good Friday tradition for us. On this day we typically seek to maintain one hour of silence as we mourn the death of Jesus, and during that hour I make these. They also provide simple sustenance for a day of fasting and abstaining. I usually make soup to go along with them too.


If you'd like to learn about the meaning behind Good Friday and receive more ways to live liturgically, you can read that here. And you know that I couldn't do this without making a full guide to Holy Week for you which you can find here.



Hot cross buns on a cutting board with a beige tea towel. Catholic liturgical living blog His Girl Sunday bakes hot cross buns as a Good Friday tradition.

hot cross buns recipe, catholic good friday, lent


Prep Time: 25 minutes

Bake Time: 22 minutes

Rise Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Yields: 12 buns


Bun Ingredients


  • 2 packages of active dry yeast

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1 1/4 cup warm milk (between 105-110 degrees)

  • 4 1/2 cups flour

  • 2 tsps cinnamon

  • 2 tsps allspice

  • 1 tsp nutmeg

  • 3/4 tsp salt

  • 1 1/4 cup currants (or raisins)

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/4 cup butter

Cross Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup flour

  • 1/4 cup water

Glaze Ingredients


  • 1 tbsp apricot jam

  • 2 tsps water


Before we can really get this show on the road, we first have to activate the yeast. In a medium size bowl, combine 2 packages of active dry yeast, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1 1/4 cup milk warmed to a temperature between 105-110 degrees. Whisk these three ingredients together then cover the bowl with a tea towel and set aside in a warm place for 5 minutes.


Ingredients are being poured into a bowl of yeast to make hot cross buns. Liturgy Kitchen bakes for Catholic good friday in lent.

After five minutes is up the yeast mixture should look foamy like this.


A bowl of active yeast sits next to a red mixing bowl and a recipe on paper. His Girl Sunday provides Catholic liturgical living recipes for Lent.

In your stand mixer with the dough hook attached, thoroughly whisk together 4 1/2 cups flour, 2 tsps cinnamon, 2 tsps allspice, 3/4 tsp salt, and 1 tsp nutmeg. You could also sift these ingredients together.


Then take 1/4 cup butter and crumble it into the flour mixture with your hands.