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Published April 3rd 2017
6 of Brisbane's most sought-after hot cross buns (by Jocelyn's Provisions)
Traditionally eaten throughout the Commonwealth and parts of America, hot cross buns have been a Good Friday staple for centuries. Although Aussies can enjoy them as early as New Years Day, Brisbane's best are baked in the lead-up to Easter, with varieties to suit every palate, from the traditional fruity, spicy bun to fruitless, chocolate and coffee flavoured. To find your favourite fruit-filled, classic hot cross bun in Brisbane, begin with these best 5.
Jocelyn's Easter baking has been the most coveted by food writers and taste testers, enticed by the wide, pillowy dough loaded with fruity bursts of sweetness and candied peel. In previous years, they've been subtle with the spice but in 2017 it's been amped up as the tell-tale colouring of cinnamon colours the dough while the shiny glaze captivates beneath a thick, white cross. You can also order online, selecting a pickup time for 6 at $11. Jocelyn's Provisions is open Mon to Fri 8am - 5pm, Sat 7am - 4pm and Sun 9am - 3pm.
While Flour & Chocolate do serve plenty of sweet, chocolaty pastries but they also know a thing or two about traditional hot cross buns. While the range of fruit, from raisins and apricots to figs and cranberries, makes each bite a pleasure, you're eased from overwhelm with a mild dusting of spices, including aromatic hints of cardamom, urging you back for seconds. Flour & Chocolate is open Mon to Sat 6:30am 2pm and Sun 7am 1pm.
The glorious glaze of freshly baked hot cross buns (by Flour & Chocolate)
While fruit adds flavour, you don't need to go fruitless if you're yearning for a simpler hot cross bun with your morning tea. At Crust and Co, a homemade ginger confit complements the delicate placement of currants, finished with a warm slathering of butter over the firm bun, sticky with a rich glaze and glowing white cross. They're also served at Chouquette in New Farm. Crust & Co is open Thur to Sun 6am - 12pm.
In the Easter rush for morning tea rescues, you might be tempted to cheat with buns from the big stores but you won't dare after trying the preservative-free Cake & Bake hot cross buns, baked slow without additives to allow gently kneaded dough, streaked with orange zest and dabbed with nutmeg and ginger to slowly rise to perfection. Ensuring no one misses out in the mad scramble, the buns are sold by the dozen, instead of the usual bags of 6. Cake & Bake is open Tues to Fri 7.30am - 5pm and Sat 6.30am - 2pm.
Hot cross buns close-up (don't lick the screen :) (by Crust & Co)
After bucking the establishment with their Easygest breads, Sol turned to their attention to the hot cross bun, using the same organic spelt flour to add more nutrition and bite, making the hearty dough, zesty orange and sweet sultanas a guilt-free treat for tastebuds and tummy. Sol Breads is open Mon to Fri 7am - 5pm, Sat 7am - 4pm and Sun 8am - 3pm.
Where do you go for the best bag of hot cross buns in Brisbane? Please let us know with a comment.
Thanks Barry. Last Easter in an attempt to get the 'best' hot cross buns, I read lots of blogs, and we waited in a long line outside one of the recommended bakeries. I guess it's a subjective thing, because the buns didn't taste that great. We ended up buying another lot from Coles and really enjoying them (we like doughy and fruity). I wasn't surprised to see Coles buns voted as the best in Choice Magazine this year.