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The hot cross bun, mixed with dried fruit, sprinkled with spices and marked with a cross, has been baked for centuries to mark the end of Lent and commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday.
While superstitious folk ate them to ward off illness, fire and shipwrecks, we don't need an excuse to enjoy these warm buns with a lashing of melting butter.
Pick up your next batch of Sydney's best hot cross buns at these bakeries.
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The holiest hot cross bun in Sydney returns. Black Star's are loved by foodies and the faithful, with thousands sold daily as Good Friday approaches.
The dense filling in these vegan buns is scented with allspice, with the flavour of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves teasing while giant raisins and sultanas burst with sweetness. The baked treat is balanced by zesty orange peel.
Take a moment to smell the thick, shiny glaze, infused with frankincense. The exotic oil, used in aromatherapy to relieve stress, was one of the gifts from the three wise men to Jesus.
Order half a dozen online for $25 or 12 for $50, choosing your preferred store for pickup.
Black Star Pastry CBD store is open Mon to Wed and Fri to Sat 10am - 6.30pm, Thu 10am - 7.30pm and Sun 11am - 5.30pm. Newtown is open Mon to Wed 7am - 5pm and Thu to Sun 7am - 5.30pm. Rosebery is open weekdays 7am - 3pm and weekends 8am - 4pm.
Foodies say our first bite is with our eyes and Infinity Bakery make the ultimate first impression. With such a beautiful shape, it's almost criminal to slice these hot cross buns and slather them with warm butter eat, but it's still legal in Sydney.
Enjoy the soft, pillowy dough, laced with zesty orange and aromatic cinnamon.
Infinity Bakery at Darlinghurst is open 7 days a week from 8am, closing at 9.30pm on weekdays, 10pm on Sat and 9pm on Sun.
Where do you go for the best box of hot cross buns in Sydney? Please let us know with a comment.
Does anyone remember in the 90's a little bakery on Marrickville Rd, Dulwich Hill run by I think a European baker that sold hot cross buns that were covered in icing sugar and had nuts in the dough? Not sure if he was Portuguese or Russian.You had to get there super early before they sold out. Anyone know where this guy might of went? Looking for something that is amazing thats not from the usual overrated and over priced rated top 5'ish. Is there anything out there thats worth a visit? Help :)