Easter is officially here and that means hot cross bun season is upon us. From the doughy to the sticky, the spicy and the sweet, venues around Sydney are churning out the chewy stuff for your long weekend foodie antics.
Whether you’re keen to order these bad boys by the kilo or you’re on a mission to find the perfect vegan butter-coated morsel, we hear you.
Here’s where to find the best hot cross buns in Sydney.
Black Star Pastry
Newtown, CBD, Moore Park & Rosebery
Black Star Pastry is busy stockpiling spice, kneading dough and marinating mountains of orange peel in preparation for the annual release of their Easter hot cross buns, in stores from March 18 until April 22. Their dense yet cushiony buns are soaked in sweet glaze, plus, they’re also 100% vegan.
Glebe, Rose Bay, Woollahra, Waterloo, Alexandria & Bondi Beach
Sonoma mark their “not cross buns” with an S and strive to keep the magic around them alive by giving them a super limited release. Made with the sweetness of sultanas and dried cranberries, these bad boys also bear a sweetly spiced dough (with cultured butter) and are glazed in an orange scented syrup.
Bourke Street Bakery
Barangaroo, Surry Hills, Balmain, Newtown, Marickville, Alexandria, North Sydney, Neutral Bay & Banskmeadow
At Bourke Street Bakery they make real hot cross buns the old-fashioned way, with hearty ingredients and love. Their dense beautiful buns are packed with dried fruit and peel and should you be a real bun-fanatic, the team here are also whipping up a hot cross bun loaf.
Flour and Stone
Flour and Stone create all their food delights with a careful touch to ensure perfection and their hot cross buns are no exception. They’re made traditionally, with generous amounts of dried fruit sealed with a rich, sugary glaze. They’re best hot out the oven but you’d better get in early – their popular buns typically sell out later in the day.
Brickfields | Chippendale
Brickfields’ spiced buns are lighter than air and smell incredible. They’re packed with cranberries, sultanas, currants, candied peel and topped off with a sticky, sweet cinnamon glaze. To make things even better, they’re open every day over the Easter long weekend and are doing a fun pop-up in Paddy’s Markets in Haymarket too.
Alexandria, Double Bay, Randwick
Baked in house daily, these fruit in these buns are organic and spiced lightly. You’ll find packs of the fluffy traditionals here but you can also expect batches of the gluten-free sort.
Butcher And The Farmer
This Easter, you’ll want to head to Butcher And The Farmer at the Tramsheds for your next level hot cross bun antics. Home to the hot cross bun ice-cream sandwich, this chewy beauty will be stuffed with all the berry compote because great feeds come at Easter.
We Are Nutie
The hot cross bun takes continue and this time around, its We Are Nutie taking out the prize. On their Easter menu you’ll find vegan hot cross cookies. Packed with spices, orange zest and chocolate chips, you’ll want to make sure you nab these up before the weekend.
Park House Food And Liquor
Say hello to the loaded and super extra hot cross buns gracing Mona Vale’s mecca foodie venue Park House Food And Liquor. Yep, more ice-cream sandwiches are on the cards this weekend with the team here slinging out absolute drool-inducing hot cross bun ice-cream sandwiches spilling out the good stuff.
If you're after a major twist on the classic Easter treat, The antics at Rivareno are for you. Think hot cross bun gelato to cool yourself for the long weekend.
Brace your stomaches for a next level take on the old hot cross bun. This weekend, Daniel San is creating a deep fried hot cross ice-cream bao bun. Let's just let that sink in. Loaded with vanilla bean ice-cream and drizzled with salted caramel sauce and rice crisps, this one will no doubt take the share of your Easter feed.
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