The round-up: where to get your hot cross bun fix this Easter
Nothing (and we mean nothing) says Easter quite like a tray of deliciously fluffy hot cross buns that are still warm from the oven – of course topped off with a hefty schmear of butter. We know things are a little different right now, but rest assured Easter is not cancelled! So, we went on a little hunt of our own to find the best spots to get your hot cross bun fix across the Gold Coast this year. Enjoy, friends!
Bam Bam Bakehouse, Mermaid Beach: As expected, Bam Bam is taking things to the next level by side-stepping tradition and gifting us with hot cross bombs this Easter. The brioche ‘bombs’ are infused with traditional spices and fruit before being lovingly injected with warm custard in the centre. Be sure to phone ahead with your orders – there’s a drive-through pick-up situation at Bam Bam right now, now so you won’t even need to leave your car to get your fix.
The Bread Social, Tweed Heads: Southern folk, you’ll be pleased to know that this Tweed Heads bakehouse will be churning out traditional hot cross buns with a little bit of extra jazz this year. These light, brioche-style buns are filled with all-organic and spray-free fruits and topped with a spiced-cinnamon, clove and nutmeg glaze. The Bread Social is pumping out take-home versions of all of its baked goods right now, and is even offering home delivery! Scoot to its website for ordering details.
5B2F Bakehouse, Chirn Park: For those a little further north, you can’t look past the creations from pastry chef Moonsun Yoo. He has created a milky, soft bun, which is infused with cranberries, raisins and apricots – the fruits are all marinated in port wine first to ensure the buns have depth from first bite to the last. Your hot cross buns are in very good hands here, so grab a six pack (or two) to go.
Burleigh Baker, Burleigh Heads: The team is again churning out its famed traditional-style hot cross buns this year, which are made using a brioche sourdough – not only do they taste fabulous, but they are crafted with gut-friendly digestibility in mind. This is true sourdough, using a natural leaven, which means the buns are first fermented for 24 to 36 hours. Free-range eggs, organic raisins and a dash of white chocolate are used – plus, these buns are completely free of preservatives and artificial flavours.
Marie Anita’s, Mermaid Beach: This gluten-free cafe and artisan bakery is well-known for its conscious, organic fare and delicious artisan baked goods and breads. This Easter, the Marie Anita’s team will be baking its hot cross buns fresh daily, which are entirely gluten-free, vegan and are made using (mostly) organic local fruits. Sit down and enjoy them with a coffee, or pre-order a batch to take home.
Cubby Bake House, Chinderah: For those south of the border, Cubby (which is currently operating from its own riverside pop-up drive-through) is dropping delicious sourdough hot cross buns this year. Batched fresh daily, these bad boys will be perfect to heat up at home – just lather with some quality butter and you’re away. Though, if you really want to nail isolation life, pick up some fresh-made hot cinnamon doughnuts while you’re there.
Flour Bakery, Southport: If gluten is not your best friend, then this is where you’ll find coeliac-friendly hot cross buns that actually taste delicious. There’s also traditional buns, plus the chocolate-spiked variety for those who like it a little sweeter. This is a true artisan bakery, with everything made on-site. Maybe (definitely) pick up a few sneaky pastries while you’re there.
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