Make it a “Hot” but not “ Cross” Easter at Quigleys!

Quigleys Hot Cross Buns

We know Spring is in the air and we are leaving winter behind when St. Patrick’s Day and Easter approaches.

Here at Quigleys Café, Bakery, Deli we get into the spirit of the Lenten season by baking a firm customer favourite – our famous light, raisin-studded, tasty Hot Cross Buns, perfect served warm from the oven with butter and a cup of our delicious coffee.

People often ask us about the origins of this special cake. So here are five things you may not have known about Hot Cross Buns!

And don’t let the season go by without dropping into one of the 15 Quigleys Café, Bakery Delis around Ireland to try them out for yourself. Eat them in store – or buy a box to take home to share with family and friends.

1. They date back to the 12th century

Hot Cross Buns are said to date back as far as the 12th century. The story goes that an Anglican monk baked the buns and marked them with a cross in honor of Good Friday. Over time they gained popularity, and eventually became a symbol of Easter weekend.

 

2. They expel bad spirits.

Due to the blessed cross on top, hot cross buns hung in the kitchen are supposed to protect you from evil spirits. They’re also said to prevent kitchen fires from breaking out, and will ensure that all breads baked that year will turn out perfectly delicious.

 

3. They cement friendships.

Those who share a hot cross bun are supposed to enjoy a strong friendship and bond for the next 12 months. As the old rhyme states: “Half for you and half for me, between us two, good luck shall be.”

 

4. They are too sacred to eat any old day.

In 1592, Queen Elizabeth I decreed that hot cross buns could no longer be sold on any day except for Good Friday, Christmas or for burials. They were simply too special to be eaten any other day.

 

5. Quigleys Café, Bakery Deli make the best!

The good news is we reckon we make the best Hot Cross Buns around! And you don’t have to wait until Good Friday to eat them. Come try for yourself.

 

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