Sure, you know all about chocolate bunnies and eggs. But Easter also boasts the hot cross bun. Studded with dried fruit and spiced with cinnamon, cloves, or cardamom, this bun is a thing of beauty, a nifty round with its cross formed by stark white icing. Like most seasonal breads, this one has religious roots, originating with the pagans until the Christians converted them. In England, everyone eats these buns for breakfast on Good Friday. Empire Baking Co. goes deluxe with theirs, adding cranberries, apricots, and a sleek, glossy top. Don’t delay: by Easter Sunday, they’ll be gone.

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