Lawley's Bakery Cafe | Image credit: Nancy Hanna
It’s around this time every year I start to panic that I’m not making the most of the Easter season by eating my bodyweight in hot cross buns, so I’ll usually bulk buy these delish fruity creations and store them in my freezer for safekeeping until a craving hits after the International day of chocolate is done and dusted.
Not this year though. This year I have already devoured so many hot cross buns that I have banned myself from said annual freezer haul—all in the name of research of course.
I’ve trawled the bakeries and cafes of Perth to uncover the best hot cross buns for your Easter eating pleasure. You owe it to my waistline people…or lack thereof!
Here’s where you can find some of Perth’s Best Hot Cross Buns.
New Norcia Bakery
Chocolate AND fruit hot cross buns—New Norcia Bakery you really get us! These babies were all kinds of doughy delicious, topped with a lovely glaze that provided much finger-licking goodness and just a hint of spice. The fruit buns were the perfect combo of salty and sweet with the perfect amount of sultanas, while biting into the chocolate buns delivered a delightful macadamia nut surprise.
Bread In Common
The hot crossys from Bread In Common are just like everything else they make, delicious! We’d classify these as the hot cross bun for the food snob, they almost have a sourdough quality and they’re filled with a whole lotta fruit. They’re rustic, with just the perfect amount of glaze and they hold their shape quite well. Definitely at the lesser end of the doughy spectrum.
Small Print Baker & Coffee Maker
With a glaze so sticky you’ll have to fight to keep them in your grip, the hot cross buns at Small Print are at the gigantic end of the spectrum. Filled with the perfect amount of sultanas, citrus and cranberries, the glaze is sweet but not too sweet with just a hint of spice. Pop these beauties in the toaster or eat them fresh, you can’t really go wrong!
Daphne Cafe and Max + Sons
Northbridge and Perth
Baked by the legendary Gareth, the hot cross buns from Daphne and Max + Sons are legit. A co-worker even exclaimed, “These are freakin’ delicious!” upon biting into one. They are super dense, you can almost taste the cultures and the tiny currants pop open in your mouth, spilling sweet goodness all over your tastebuds. Heavier on the orange rind, we think it’s best to eat these buns as they are, with a little butter of course.
Take your pick from organic wheat or spelt hot cross buns, these soft fluffy gems from South Freo sourdough legends Abhi's Bread are perfectly healthy! Cinnamon-y, spicey and a little bit vanilla-y, these babies are delish as they are but if you want to step it up a notch, toast them and smother them in butter, because everything is better with butter.
Lawley’s Bakery Cafe
The hot cross buns from Lawley’s Bakery taste like a sultana explosion in your mouth. You won’t find a glaze on these beauties, just a lovely, floury crust keeping the goods inside nice and fluffy. Pop them in the toaster for a few minutes and serve with some good quality butter.
Mary Street Bakery
Highgate & West Leederville
Of course Mary Street Bakery’s hot cross buns made the cut and, as with everything else this place churns out, they are delicious! A sourdough bun with boiled orange folded through, they’re rustic, rounder than your average and you can’t stop at one. Enjoy toasted or not, with butter or without—you can do no wrong!
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