The round-up: follow your nose to the best hot cross buns in Brisbane
Look, we’re not throwing any shade towards the hot cross buns produced by the big grocery chains, but when it comes to celebrating Easter with a six-pack of buttery buns, we prefer to go gourmet. It’s the time of year when Brisbane’s best bakeries are competing for our custom, dishing out fresh trays of hot cross buns loaded with fruit, spices and other goodies. We’re not going to say which bakery bun is the definitive choice – we’re more inclined to put together a list of the top picks and let you make the hard decision. Although picking may be difficult, at the end of the day there is no wrong choice when it comes to hot cross buns.
Jocelyn’s Provisions, various locations: The team at Jocelyn’s Provisions reliably produce some of the most delicious (and coveted) hot cross buns in Brisbane, and just writing about them makes us want to devour a dozen right now. This year, the baking institution is producing hot cross buns made with fruit, spices and candied citrus peel, and are best served toasted with an ample spread of cultured butter. Good to know – this year for the first time ever Jocelyn’s Provisions will be making and selling chocolate hot cross buns. Both varieties will be available at all stores!
Flour & Chocolate, Morningside and Northgate: Fans of Flour & Chocolate’s baked goods now have two locations to choose from, both of which are getting into the Easter spirit. Flour & Chocolate is once again hawking its traditional fruit-laden hot cross buns, as well as some other Easter treats worth investigating.
Belle Epoque, South Bank: Emporium South Bank’s French patisserie is putting its own magical spin on hot cross buns this year, with two varieties up for grabs. One is the traditional hot cross bun with candied ginger, cranberry and Emporium tea-soaked sultanas. The second is Belle Epoque’s ‘not cross bun’, which boasts Valrhona chocolate, candied orange and praline.
Cake & Bake, West End: Jocelyn Hancock is never one to shy away from Easter celebrations, so it’s no surprise that Cake & Bake is turning up the heat with its moreish hot cross buns. Swing by and stock up on these gorgeous glazed buns (or have a dozen of them delivered with gourmet Pepe Saya butter), then try to resist eating them in one sitting – a near impossible feat!
King Street Bakery, Bowen Hills: The baked-goods division of Montrachet’s King Street presence has already impressed locals with its range of artisan brioche, baguettes and loaves. With such an esteemed pedigree in the kitchen producing edible marvels, it would be a shame if King Street Bakery didn’t extend those skills to hot cross buns. Thankfully we have nothing to fear, as King Street Bakery is delivering its own spin on the Easter treat.
Crust & Co Artisan Baking, Windsor: Those that know their dough will tell you that Crust & Co is the way to go for all of your baked goods, and the hot cross buns are no exception. The buns here are made using some delightful brioche dough, with plenty of dried fruit, ginger and spices in the mix.
nodo, Newstead: Brisbane’s finest purveyor of gluten-free donuts is getting into the Easter spirit again this year, offering up its own range of hand-rolled hot cross buns for those with dietary requirements. These delicious treats are gluten free and refined-sugar free, and are imbued with dried blueberries and spices.
Chouquette, New Farm: This French boulangerie has long been the go-to spot for phenomenal almond croissants, but the team at Chouquette is also known for nailing a traditional hot cross bun too. If you’re after a no-frills option that has been perfectly baked, then seek out some of Chouquette’s glazed domes before they disappear.
La Bouche, Cleveland: Speaking on French-inspired bakeries, La Bouche on Shore Street in Cleveland is also getting in on the Easter action, recently putting forth its own take on the iconic hot cross bun. La Bouche’s recipe is a semi-sourdough-spiced brioche, which is filled with soaked currants, cranberries and some zesty citrus peel.
Brewbakers, Albion: Step aside, Easter Bunny – our most coveted treats aren’t chocolate eggs, but rather freshly baked hot cross buns from Albion’s artisan baking outfit Brewbakers. This year Brewbaker’s buns are made using organic flour, currants, sultanas, dark brown sugar, mixed spice and citric acid – a heavenly mixture!
Banneton Bakery, various locations: If you live in Ashgrove, Woolloongabba or Camp Hill, your hot cross bun pilgrimage just got a whole lot easier. Banneton Bakery has recently launched its hot cross buns, with these fruit- and spice-loaded beauties available from now until Easter.
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