It was harder work than keeping the Christmas rush satisfied.
Remember the rhyme? ‘Hot cross buns, hot cross buns, one a penny, two a penny hot cross buns’. We only ever ate hot cross buns at Easter and they were spicy and full of flavour. It made for hard work for the bakers as they had to get all of the buns ready for delivery and sale in the few days before Easter. I knew this from experience – it was harder work than keeping the Christmas rush satisfied. Making hot cross buns was very labour intensive and we would work night shift to keep up with the demand. The cross on the top was done by hand, using a sharp knife and the buns went on trays of four dozen into the oven.