Being reasonably new to The Urban List crew, from time to time I get ‘helpful tips’ from other members of staff. But nothing at all prepared me for the barrage of hints, suggestions, pleas and then let’s just call it like it is–downright demands–that we do the annual Hot Cross Bun taste test. Okay okay okay, The Urban List really loves its hot cross buns.
We gathered around mountains of hot cross buns from Brisbane’s best bakeries in the name of research. Debates were had, expert opinions proffered and tasting notes compared (‘I love the hint of cloves with the stronger note of cinnamon’).
We also threw in some wild cards to keep things interesting. Dello Mano provided us with a brownie that looked just like a hot cross bun (but was rich, dark chocolate!) and Choquette gave us a choux pastry that also looked hot cross bun-like (but was filled with delicious custard!).
Being highly scientific, we rated the 6 contenders on two scales. Was the bun pillowy soft or crunchy? Was it spicy or fruity? These are important.
Here TUL rates Brisbane’s best hot cross buns.
Crust & Co
Crust & Co was rated as a simple, unpretentious hot cross bun with lots of spice that’s not heavy on the fruit. A good one for peeps who don’t love dried fruit.
Flour & Chocolate
Flour & Chocolate’s offering was praised for its nice fruit to spice ratio. This is a good one for the traditionalists as the flavour isn’t too over the top.
Jocelyn’s Provisions know how to deliver a classic, beautifully glazed hot cross bun, that’s soft and spicy. They’ve gone hard on the fruit which is winning in my eyes.
Brewbakers HCB was crunchy on top with lots of good fruit. A good option for those who like their buns firm (in a baked good sense, obvs).
Who would have thought to create hot cross brownies? Brownies kings Dello Mano of course. These ones are indulgent, rich and presented in the most gorgeous jewel box packaging. The perfect gift if you’re (gasp) not that keen on hot cross buns.
Chouquette’s Easter choux is genius take on the Hot Cross Bun genre. One TUL expert described it as ‘a pillowy delight for the senses that’s decadent and moreish’. We’ll definitely be keen for more next year.
And The Winner Is…
Votes were tallied and the 2016 TUL Hot Cross Bun winner is Jocelyn’s!
How did they manage to be both decadent and traditional and fruity and spicy? Special mention goes to Chouquette for the epic wild card entry. But let’s be honest: we loved them all. Happy hot cross bun eating erryone!
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