Nothing quite beats the smell of a freshly toasted hot cross bun. The spices and fruit mixed with the fluffy dough create that distinctive aroma that can only mean one thing: Easter is rolling around and every bakery in town is whipping up batches of the perfect creations for our eating pleasure.
To help you consume as many as possible before they disappear for another year, here’s where you can find the Sunshine Coast’s best hot cross buns right now.
Sippy Downs and Brightwater
A fourth-generation baker, it’s understandable why Dutchy keeps his cards close when it comes to the secret ingredients in his insanely good buns (no, not the treadmill sort). But what we can reveal is they are fluffy, spicy, studded with the sweetest sultanas, and smell AMAZING. They also have gluten-free and chocolate hot cross bun options, too. With locations in both Sippy Downs and Brightwater, and some very hungry regulars, we recommend getting your fix of the best hot cross buns on the Sunshine Coast early. Currently open Monday to Saturday from 5am, although awaiting confirmation of coronavirus opening laws for the Easter long weekend, including Good Friday. Call 07 5445 8911 to order.
Walter’s Artisan Bread
ACross the region
Another business we’re toting as making some of the best hot cross buns on the Sunshine Coast, is Woombye wholesaler Walter’s Artisan Bread. Strictly certified organic, sourdough and handmade, the buns at Walter’s take no short cuts in the baking process and are big business across the region, sold at most of the organic shops and delis—think: B-Fresh (only on Fridays), Bioshop Noosa, Co-op Maleny, Kunara Marketplace and Organika. They’re also available at IGAs in Maleny and Maroochydore, so no excuses for not trying these great balls of spice.
When an artisan bread shop jumps on the Easter train you know you’re in for a hell of a fruit bun ride. At Harvest Breads, they’ll be pumping out traditional hot cross buns with hints of cinnamon and mixed spice on the daily. A six-pack will cost you $9 or grab 12 for $18. Order yours now for pick up between Monday 6 April to Friday 10 April, or if you live in Maroochydore you can get orders of $20 or more, delivered. Call 07 5479 4912.
Ricks Artisan Pies & Sourdough
Picture this: a cozy Sunday morning with a Ricks hot cross bun in one hand and hot coffee in the other—could it get any better than this? We're definitely thinking not. These mouth-watering creations are dreamier than the chocolate you'll be consuming over Easter and that's a statement we'll never back away from. These guys have nailed the all-important fruit to dough ratio, and for them it's a recreation of the classic. The store will be closed this Easter long weekend, so your last chance to pick up these handfuls of deliciousness will be Thursday 9 April. Now offering text orders, simply message 0405 027 853 for contactless service, then run in to collect.
Kenilworth Country Bakery
Not only is Kenilworth Country Bakery a local legend, it's also Aussie-renowned as being one of the best bakeries in the nation. So it's a given that these guys will be serving up some of the best hot cross buns on the Sunshine Coast this year. They just know how to create the perfect bun in time for Easter and even sprinkle their master creations with a light dusting of sugar. These perfect treats will have you craving them all year long. Home delivery on the Sunshine Coast is now available, but it is a first in best dressed scenario, so don’t mull over it.
Warana Beach Bakery
Made from scratch daily, these buns are made with “nothing but passion and love”. Offering traditional raisin hot cross buns in a six-pack for just $4.50, we’re calling Warana Beach Bakery the best budget-friendly spot to snag your Easter brekkie. Full of fruit and the perfect balance between pillowy and moist, these beauts are perfect for toasting. Open from 4am, seven days a week in the lead up to Easter, then open Easter Saturday 5am to 3pm and Easter Monday 5am to 3pm (closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday). Call 07 5493 2551 to reserve yours now.
Maroochydore’s best vegan restaurant, Elixiba, are baking bulk gluten-free hot cross bun orders to satisfy hungry bellies over Easter on the Sunshine Coast. Do yourself a solid and stock up with six for $8 or 12 for $12. All orders must be placed by 9 April, for pick up on Easter Sunday morning or the team are even offering delivery to nearby areas for a small fee. Call 07 5443 9880 to lock down these babies.
Peregian Beach Bakery
It’s an apricot affair at Peregian Beach Bakery with the secret here being a hint of the furry orange fruit. Also featuring in the buns are dates, sultanas, currants and the all-important spice (they even import their spices from Belgium). Each bun is hand-made fresh daily, plus there are no preservatives and hidden nasties. Chocolate lovers can also enjoy a devilish version of chocolate buns with choc chips.
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