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Published March 30th 2019
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. But addicts of this simple, sweet snack can satisfy their craving year-round (but be warned - the best bakers don't serve hot cross buns at Christmas).
While each year brings new twists, including toffee, chocolate and coffee editions, you'll find the best boxes of classic hot cross buns at these bakeries in Melbourne.
Can't decide between chocolate or original? Order both! (by Baker D Chirico)
Traditionalists and chocolate lovers can rejoice with Baker D's latest batch of baked beauties. The classic hot cross bun is all about the sourdough, hearty and chewy, slowly baked with generous dopple of butter.
Best enjoyed while warm for the zing from a lacing of orange puree and ginger spice. Bursts of sweetness from a modest drizzling of currants bring smiles with each bite. If too much chocolate is barely enough, grab a box of the choc hazelnut variety, inspired by the popular gelato flavour, now in a hot cross bun and topped with a chocolatey cross.
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, to give the bun its distinctive tan. Enjoy the full experience, warming it and watching as a slathering of butter melts over the two toasty halves.
The 'original' from Chez glows with a sugary glaze, aromatic from cinnamon and tempered with colourful cranberries. But it's their chocolate hot cross bun that's turning heads.
This virtual dessert of dark and white chocolate is mixed with fruit, including cherries picked in homage of our oldest chocolate bar, created here in Melbourne in 1924, to become one of our unique Easter offerings.
Chez Dre is open Mon to Fri 7am - 4pm and weekends 8am - 4pm.
A new wonder of the world - the hot cross bun pyramid (by Rustica)
Loafer's vegan buns are some of the sweetest in Melbourne.
The process begins with organic ingredients, including loads of raisins and citrus peel candied to perfection. Delicately sifted flour is stirred through the mix, with a last sprinkle of cardamom spice to bake a pillowy sourdough hot cross bun. The sticky glaze of orange and smooth vanilla lingers with a satisfying aftertaste.
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.