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Published April 6th 2017
The Best Things In Life Are Cross
There's no time for loafing with these hot cross buns (by Loafer Bread)
The humble hot cross bun has been an Easter staple for centuries, occasionally spotted year-round for addicts of the simple, sweet snack. While each year brings new twists, including toffee, chocolate and coffee editions, you can still find your next box of classic hot cross buns at these bakeries in Melbourne.
Can't decide between chocolate or original? Order both! (by Baker D Chirico)
Baker D Chirico - 149 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda - (03) 9534 3777; 178 Faraday Street, Carlton - (03) 9349 3445; 183 Domain Road, South Yarra - (03) 9820 2248;
Traditionalists and chocolate lovers can rejoice with Baker D's latest batch of baked beauties. The classic hot cross bun is all about the dough, hearty and chewy sourdough, slowly baked and generously buttered. Best enjoyed while warm as a zing from a lacing of orange puree and ginger spice with bursts of sweetness from a modest drizzling of currants brings smiles with each bite. If too much chocolate is barely enough, grab a box of the choc hazelnut variety, evoking memories of one of the most popular gelato flavours, now in a hot cross bun and topped with a chocolatey cross. Baker D Chirico is open Tue to Fri 8am - 6pm and weekends 8am - 5pm.
Who can bake the best HCBs? The Candyman can (by Candied Bakery)
Don't let the name fool you. Candied have dropped the citrus peel in favour of an all-organic hot cross bun moist with juice and mixed with orange zest. There's still enough giant raisins and currants to satisfy your candy craving, eased with a liberal spicing of nutmeg and cloves, giving the bun its distinctive tan. Enjoy the full experience, warming it and watching as a slathering of butter melts over the two toasty halves. Candied Bakery is open Wed to Sat 7.30am - 4pm and Sun 8am - 4pm.
While the 'original' from Chez glows with a sugary glaze, aromatic from cinnamon and tempered with colourful cranberries, it's their chocolate hot cross bun that's turning heads. The virtual dessert of dark and white chocolate, mixed with fruit, including cherries inspired by the creation of our oldest chocolate bar, here in Melbourne in 1924, is one of our unique Easter offerings. Chez Dre is open Mon to Fri 7am - 4pm and Sat to Sun 8am - 4pm.
A new wonder of the world - the hot cross bun pyramid (by Rustica)
Rustica aim to make their baked goods too pretty to eat, as the perfect curves prove on their glazed brioche hot cross buns. Sweet aromas of vanilla draw you closer to biting into the fruity dough, with sultanas bursting to the surface. It's minus citrus peel but heavy with sugary syrup and orange puree. Rustica is open 7 days a week 7am - 4pm, opening at 8am on Sun.
Loafer's vegan buns are some of the sweetest in Melbourne, packed with organic ingredients, including loads of raisins and citrus peel candied to perfection, stirred through flour carefully sifted with cardamom spice, keeping this sourdough hot cross bun surprisingly pillowy. Leaving a satisfying aftertaste is a sticky glaze of orange and smooth vanilla. Loafer Bread is open Mon to Fri 7.30am - 4.30pm, Sat 7.30am - 3pm and Sun 8am - 3pm.
Where do you go for the best baker's dozen of hot cross buns in Melbourne? Please let us know with a comment.