Recently my boss and I had a conversation about the differences between English and American hot cross buns. I had never seen them for sale here, although to be honest, I probably have not looked. They are readily available all year in England, and are a big favorite of my sister's. However it seems they really are only available around Easter here. Anyway, he bought me some today, from a bakery in San Jose, and yes, they are different. Mainly the cross on the top was very sweet and sticky, and the dough is more cake like. English ones are quite plain. The cross is normally pastry or just a flour and water mix. The dough is more like a sweet bread. So tomorrow I will take him my homemade version so he can compare too..