Easter is around the corner and no Easter celebrations would be complete without warm, freshly toasted hot cross buns to bury your face in. In Sydney, hot cross buns have become quite a popular commodity with a number of interesting variations taking over the shops. Which is a trend we can get behind because what would Easter be without a delicious, toasted hot cross bun smothered in butter? There are a plethora of bakeries and café’s serving some truly delicious hot cross buns in Sydney this year. If you’re on the hunt for some, check out our picks of the very best the city has to offer.
Sonoma’s ‘Not Cross Buns’ are a classic. The buns come packed with fruits and spices piped with their ever popular ‘S’ finish on top of their buns. Hand mixed to perfection with raisins, cranberries, apricots and candied orange with a number of heady spices, the buns are then coated with a sugar glaze filled with Sonoma’s house-roasted coffee and more spices because you can’t have enough spices. It’s all really as indulgent as it gets.
2. Black Star Pastry
In my books, Black Star Pastry can do no wrong. And although we can’t have enough of their spectacular watermelon cake, that’s not the only thing they’re experts at. Their citrus flavoured hot cross buns complete with a number of fragrant spices and glazed with a shiny coat of sweet, frankincense syrup are as good as they get.
3. Tokyo Lamington
Tokyo Lamington remains a favourite on Sydney’s dessert scene and they’re not just stopping at lamingtons. Their yuzu-spiked hot cross buns are all the rage and they also offer traditional hot cross buns and hot cross lamingtons (!). Grab an Easter pack for just $32 and you get three of each.
Brickfields’ next level hot cross buns have been a favourite amongst Sydneysiders for many years. Although traditional, they come with a little extra zing filled with currants, candied orange, apricots and cranberries along with a number of spices from the likes of cinnamon to ginger.
5. Din Tai Fung
Giving the traditional hot cross buns an interesting spin, Din Tai Fung have brought back their decadent hot cross baos. These soft, fluffy baos are steamed to perfection and filled with nutella. Pardon us while we drool.
For just $6.80 you can get your hands on two of these baos. But if you prefer staying home and ordering in, you can snag a pack of 3 for just $10.
6. Flour and Stone
Flour and Stones’ delightful HCB’s will transport you straight to the streets of Italy. Think a decadent rosemary-infused brioche, fragrant cardamom, cinnamon, and clove spices, packed with dried fruit and a light dusting of confit orange for an extra kick. Yum.
When it comes to hot cross buns in Sydney, Saga remains an old favourite. Andy Bowdy’s ever popular hot cross buns come with a spiced brioche, soaked in a heady concoction of brandy, whisky and amaro, filled with dried fruit and citrus peels and baked to perfection. Head down to Enmore and get your hands on some. You won’t be disappointed.
8. Bourke Street Bakery
Bourke Street Bakery knows a thing or two about hot cross buns. And considering they sell thousands of batches every year, it’s safe to say they’re up there with some of the best the city has to offer. Packed with juicy sultanas, the buns are finessed with a golden shine. Have them toasted or lathered in butter, you can’t go wrong. Available to pick up on site or order a pack of six online here.