Easter time brings hot cross buns to bakery shelves. I love hot cross buns, almost as much as I love fruitcake at Christmas.

Fruitcake I can find year round. Hot cross buns, not so much.

Traditionally, the spicy, sweet buns made with currants and raisins then marked with a cross on the top are to be eaten on Good Friday to mark the end of Lent.

The frosting cross on top represents the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside signify the spices used to embalm him at his burial.

Me, I can’t wait that long once I spot them in the bakery.

I do try to ration myself to one bakery package a season.

I don’t think I’m going to make it this year.

My first package of nine buns is down to one.