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Published April 6th 2017
The Best Things In Life Are Cross
Vive la hot cross buns (by Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie)
The holy hot cross bun is a comforting Easter treat, preventing (or reducing) the guilt from one too many chocolate eggs. The sweet snack is popular throughout Commonwealth nations and the USA, but Perth is also treated to French twists on the sweet snack, found in this list of Perth's best hot cross buns.
Patisseries typically don't dabble with hot cross buns but Jean-Claude is a delightful exception. The French aren't known for super-sized portions and their baked goods are no different but these petite buns manage to satisfy, particularly when the airy dough is warm, soaking up butter like a satisfied sponge, where none of the best elements of a hot cross bun - the sweetness of the currants and raisins, colouring of the cinnamon streaks or stickiness of the smooth glaze coating - are over the top. Order 6 for $9.50 online. Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie is open weekdays 6am - 6pm and Sat 7.30am - 1.30pm.
Mary Street's buns are slowly but surely rising to the occasion, as a dark glaze shimmers around a thin, raised cross. Organic golden Sunmuscat raisins burst through the crust of the dense dough, dotted with zesty orange and lemon peel and scented with spicy ginger and subtle vanilla. Mary Street Bakery is open 7 days a week, 7am - 4pm.
Occasionally the bakers at Abhi will dabble with a rotated X or a smiley face to mark their creations but during Easter, their hot cross buns return to convention with a thick traditional cross emblazoned over a smooth hot cross bun. Healthy sprinklings of juicy raisins replace an excess of sweet and sticky glaze over the surface of the soft, organic wheat or spelt dough, making these a simple pleasure needing only a warm slathering of butter. Abhi's is open weekdays 6.30am - 5pm, Sat 6.30am - 4pm and Sun 7am - 1pm.
Jean-Pierre can be forgiven for trying a French twist on an English staple, especially after selling thousands of hot cross buns last Easter. Using a sweet brioche bun, he's resisted the urge to add chocolate, balancing the sweetness of the firm dough with a colourful helping of in-house orange peel, finished with aromatic cardamom and nutmeg. Jean-Pierre Sancho is open weekdays 7am - 5pm and weekends 8am - 5pm.
Where's the 6th hot cross bun? (by Jean-Pierre Sancho)
Traditionalists and chocolate lovers can rejoice with Lawleys' latest batch of baked beauties. The classic hot cross bun is all about the dough, hearty and chewy, slowly baked and topped with a coarse cross. Best enjoyed while warm to bring out the zing from a spoonful of orange puree and ginger spice with bursts of sweetness from a modest drizzling of dried fruit, bringing smiles with each bite. If too much chocolate is barely enough, grab a box of the choc variety, satisfying your cocoa fix. Lawleys Bakery Cafe at Mount Lawley is open 7 days a week, 6am - 6pm. Check the cafes page on their website for contact details and directions to their other locations.
Where do you go for the perfect pick of Perth's hot cross buns? Please let us know with a comment.