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Published March 15th 2018
The Best Things In Life Are Cross
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.
While Flour & Chocolate do serve plenty of sweet, chocolaty pastries, they also know a thing or two about traditional hot cross buns.
The range of fruit, from raisins and apricots to figs and cranberries, make 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.
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 drizzling of currants. The creation is finished with a warm slathering of butter over the firm bun, sticky with a rich glaze and glowing white cross.
In the Easter rush for morning tea bliss, 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, the gently kneaded dough is streaked with orange zest and dabbed with nutmeg and ginger, slowly rising to perfection. If you're wanting seconds, you won't miss out as C&B 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)
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.
Am always on the look-out for a good quality HCB so thankyou for this compilation! Mass produced Coles and Woolies just donâ€™t do it for us, plus am tired of the sight of them since theyâ€™ve been around since Boxing Day. Le Bon Choix do a nice lightly crusty yummy HCB, but am off to see about a bun at Crust & Co! Sounds delicious!