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The hot cross bun, mixed with dried fruit, sprinkled with spices and marked with a cross, has been baked for centuries to mark the end of Lent and commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday. While superstitious folk have used them to ward off illness, fire and shipwrecks, it's much better to simply eat the fresh, warm bun with a generous spread of butter. Pick up your next batch of 6 (or more) of Sydney's best hot cross buns at these bakeries.
Pink Floyd: It's just another bun in the wall (by Brickfields)
The sourdough bun by Brickfields is one of the sweetest, as you'll immediately discover when gazing at the generous coating of syrupy glaze. The dough is dense, soaked with the juice from cranberries, currants and orange peel and balanced with sprinklings of cardamom and ginger. Avoid missing out and order a box of 6 for $19 online. Brickfields is open Mon to Fri 7am - 2:30pm and Sat to Sun 8am - 3:30pm.
Follow the black star to holy hot cross buns (by Black Star Pastry)
Perhaps the holiest hot cross bun in Sydney, Black Star's are eagerly sought after by foodies and the faithful, with thousands sold daily as Good Friday approaches. The densely filled vegan buns are scented with allspice, tasting of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves as giant raisins and sultanas burst with sweetness, balanced by zesty orange peel. Take a moment to smell the thick, shiny glaze, infused with frankincense, one of the gifts to Jesus and an oil used in aromatherapy to relieve stress. Order 6 online for $25 or 12 for $50 to arrange pickup at one of their 3 locations. Black Star Pastry CBD store is open Mon to Wed and Fri to Sat 10am - 6.30pm, Thu 10am - 7.30pm and Sun 11am - 5.30pm.
While purists might but shocked by a hot cross bun marked with a large 'S' instead of the traditional 'X', forgiveness is rewarded with a bun that's not too dense or too light but just right to hold a generous blend of sweet sultanas and tart cranberries in place of dried citrus peel as aromas of nutmeg and cloves tease the nostrils. Sonoma Sourdough Bakers at Alexandria is open 7 days a week 7am - 4pm with cafes also at Bondi, Glebe, Paddington, Rose Bay and Waterloo.
Glistening, freshly baked hot cross buns (by Grain Bakery)
The Grain Bakery have kept the dough in their hot cross buns simple and chewy, allowing the fruit to flavour each bite with sweet raisins and currants tempered with slight scorching to add a mild bitterness. The bun is finished with sticky glaze over the thin flaky crust, encouraging finger licking afterward. Grain Bakery is open 7 days a week 8am - 4pm.
Foodies often say our first bite is with our eyes and Infinity Bakery know how to make that bite delightful. Beautifully formed, it almost seems criminal to halve these hot cross buns, slathering with warm butter to actually eat, but it's legal in Sydney. Enjoy the soft, pillowy dough laced with zesty orange and aromatic cinnamon. Infinity Bakery at Darlinghurst is open from 8am 7 days week, closing at 9.30pm on weekdays, 10pm on Sat and 9pm on Sun.
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