Hot Cross Buns, also known as Good Friday Buns, are a British sweet bread associated with Good Friday. They often have dried fruit and may be seasoned with various spices, such as cinnamon. I made a chocolate chip variation. A cross is either cut into the dough or piped over the top.
In an effort to rid Catholic influence during the reign of Elizabeth I, bakeries were only allowed to sell bread with the symbol of the cross during Easter, Christmas, and funerals. Those who disobeyed were forced to give the bread to the poor.