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Published March 15th 2018
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, easing the guilt from one too many chocolate eggs.
Patisseries usually 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.
The airy dough is warm, soaking up butter like a satisfied sponge. Each of the best elements of a hot cross bun - the sweetness of the currants and raisins, colouring of the cinnamon streaks, and the stickiness of the smooth glaze coating, are perfectly balanced.
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 tradition with a thick, straight cross emblazoned over a smooth hot cross bun.
Healthy sprinklings of juicy raisins avoid the excess of sweet and sticky glaze on inferior buns. Choose from organic wheat or spelt dough, enjoying the simple pleasure of slathering butter over the warm surface before eating.
Abhi's is open weekdays 6.30am - 5pm, Sat 6.30am - 4pm and Sun 7am - 1pm. They are also at the Stirling and Manning Farmers Markets on weekends.
Jean-Pierre can be forgiven for trying a French twist on an English staple, as the people of Perth have approved, buying thousands of his 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.
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. Look out for the 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, including Shenton Park, Wembley, North Beach, Wembley Downs, Fremantle, Malaga, Osborne Park, and Mount Claremont Markets.
Where do you go for the perfect pick of Perth's hot cross buns? Please let us know with a comment.