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 is where to find the Sunshine Coast’s best hot cross buns.
Ricks Artisan Pies & Sourdough
Picture this: a cozy Sunday morning with a Ricks hot cross bun in one hand and latte in the other—could it get any better than this? We're definately 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. For them it's a recreation of the classic and we love the simplicity of it all.
Not only is Kenilworth Country Bakery is a local legend, it's also Aussie-renowned for being home to the 1kg doughnut challenge. 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 know how to create the perfect Easter bun and even sprinkle their master creations with a light dusting of sugar. These perfect treats will have you craving them all year long.
A Circa Cooroy extra-fruity hot cross bun is like no other on the Sunshine Coast. Located in the relaxed and beautiful Maple street, Circa is decked out with an onsite bakery, coffee roastery and French style café. Their hot cross buns are super soft, fresh and delish.
Noosa Hot Bread Shop
The legends here create amazing baked delights every single day and Noosa locals are addicted to their goodness. So when Noosa Hot Bread Shop announced that they'll be baking hot cross buns this year, it was a no brainer that we'd be jumping in and getting one of these puppies before they all go.
Well, 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, there’s the traditional bun with hints of cinnamon and mixed spice, and an amazeballs gluten-free variety with dark chocolate and orange (jaffa lovers unite!).
Now this is a take on a classic that is sure to impress. VanillaFood likes to call it their raw hot cross bun. Around Easter time, sugar is at the top of everyone’s mind, but sometimes it’s good to take a healthier approach. This is where these organic and healthy hot cross bun concoction of goodness comes in and saves the day. For starters they taste bloody amazing even though they're actually raw, refined sugar AND gluten free! It’s a must try for all Easter lovers over the upcoming Easter long weekend on the Sunshine Coast.
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 queues out the door on Good Friday, you'd best be setting your alarm for these.
Walter’s Artisan Bread & Granola
All over the Coast
Another one claiming to be serving up the best hot cross buns on the Sunshine Coast, this Woombye wholesaler sticks to the traditional bun version—“None of this choc-cross buns business!” says owner Matt. Strictly certified organic, sourdough and hand-made, the buns at Walter’s take no short cuts in the baking process and are big business on the Coast, sold at most of the organic shops and delis—think: Kunara Organic Marketplace, Organika, Sunspace Cafe and B-Fresh. So no excuses for not trying these great balls of spice.
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 sultanas, currants, raisins, 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 or a mix of blueberry and white chocolate. Don’t like fruit or chocolate, well don’t fret, fruitless buns can be made to order.
Noosa Outlook Hot Bread and Patisserie
Fruit lovers, line up. Noosa Outlook Hot Bread and Patisserie is another conventional-stay-in-the-lines type haunt, when it comes to their festive-season bread. Heavy on the fruit, the classic flavour is complemented by two types of cinnamon and a special mixed spice.
Tewantin, Cooroy and Eumundi
It’s officially hot cross bun season at Richie’s with their buns selling like hot cakes! The regular buns are made strictly with Australian sultanas and the chocolate buns feature the one and only Cadbury chocolate—holy Caramello Koala! The locals say they are the best on the Coast (here we go again), so there’s only one way to find out if they live up to their reputation—ready, set, go.
Warana Beach Bakery
Made from scratch daily, these buns are made with “nothing but passion and love”. With both choc-chip and the traditional raisin, Warana Beach Bakery sells a six-pack for just $4.50. Full of fruit and the perfect balance between pillowy and moist, these beauts are perfect for toasting.
Looking for things to do on the Sunshine Coast this Easter? Check out the Sunshine Coast's best camping spots and plan a little staycation in the great outdoors.
Image credit: Jessica Wyld