It has been our tradition to make Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday ever since my oldest was a baby. So much love and time (it takes about 3 hours!) go into these sweeties! The smell of freshly ground coriander, nutmeg, and caraway … along with cinnamon, cloves, and ginger … fill the kitchen way before I put them in the oven! Waiting an hour for the dough to rise, then another 30 minutes after shaping the balls, teaches such patience. (Punching the air out of the dough is always fun!) And I love the look of concentration on my daughters’ faces as they pipe the crosses onto the buns. As we wait for the buns to cool down (that dried fruit can really burn if it’s still hot!), we clean off the table to prepare for a “fancy snack” before heading to church for Stations of the Cross. (Roo always kicks off our snack by playing “Hot Cross Buns” on the piano!) Of all of our family traditions, this one is by far my favorite…and one I hope continues as my girls grow older!