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  •  They do seem very Christmas-y. (5+ / 0-)

    They're similar to other sweet breads one sees at Christmastime (panettone, for instance), except the cross is rather Easter-y.

    The impression I get from the little I've read is, they're an English thing, and traditionally specific to Good Friday. This doesn't make sense in the Catholic Church, whose Lent runs through until Easter, but apparently (I had no idea because I'm not Christian at all), Protestant Lent is over at Holy Thursday, so it is less odd that Church of England adherents would eat them for Good Friday. Wikipedia does say they were eaten at Christmas also. In fact, it says that, in Elizabethan times, they were forbidden to be sold except at Christmas, Good Friday, and burials. It does not say why. Too much fun? It does say the penalty was, the buns had to be given to the poor -- THAT seems like the sort of lawmaking we need more of.

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    by belinda ridgewood on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 11:34:28 AM PDT

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