I have spent more than 20 years away from the United Kingdom, and have in that time, grown to value the distinctive traditions and culture of Bosnia and Herzgovina, my adopted home. Yet there are a few customs from my British heritage that I still follow, such as Christmas, Easter, St George’s Day and the official birthday of the King.
There is also Good Friday and the baking of Hot Cross Buns.
People of all ages, (as far as I can remember) enjoyed eating Hot Cross Buns at Easter. Admittedly, they bought them ready made from convenience stores and not necessarily made at home!
A Little History
Hot Cross Buns are a type of sweet spiced bread. They are usually made with flour, sugar, raisins or currants, spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and marked with a cross on top, often made from icing or pastry.
Hot Cross Buns are typically served warm or toasted with butter, and are a popular Easter treat.
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Hot Cross Buns have a long history dating back to ancient pagan cultures that marked the arrival of spring with small round cakes. In Christian tradition, Hot Cross Buns are said to have originated in medieval times, with the cross on the bun representing the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Tamara has mastered the art of preparing Hot Cross Buns. Despite lacking some of the more essential ingredients, she has perfected her recipe through the years, and our friends and family love her Hot Cross Buns no matter what.
Seeing our friends' and acquaintances' responses when they sample Hot Cross Buns for the first time is always entertaining. The unusual flavours and the significance of the cross on top of the bun interest them.
Even on Instagram, where I post content from Bosnia and Herzegovina, my followers showed a similar level of interest. People frequently ask for the recipe and express surprise that I continue this British custom at home in the village.
Making Hot Cross Buns is (for me), about the connections and memories it evokes. It's about sharing a custom that has been a part of my life.
Yes, it can be a bit of a novelty in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but making Hot Cross Buns, represent a cultural exchange that I think has so many positive “spin offs”.
So, even after living in Bosnia and Herzegovina for more than 20 years, I am continuing to enjoy home made Hot Cross Buns every Good Friday, even though they might be a bit of an oddity to friends and neighbours.
Oh! And feel free to try the recipe that Tamara uses ⬇️
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Thanks for sharing the recipes and I can smell and even taste them from here😄