Fresh from the oven, toasted or slathered in butter and jam, hot cross buns are one of Australia’s favourite Easter treats.
A traditional hot cross bun features a white cross on top and contains dried fruits and mixed spices, such as cinnamon. And if that doesn’t tickle your taste buds, there are plenty of other flavours to choose from. You can get spiced buns without fruit, fruit buns without spice, chocolate and chocolate chip varieties, apple and cinnamon, mocha and more.
Here’s our quick guide to a few top options you’ll find around Canberra. And please let us know your favourite spots to hop into for hot cross buns. Email your tip to [email protected]
Three Mills Bakery
It’s your last week to get your hands on one of Three Mills Bakery’s hot cross buns. They’re offering home delivery (costs apply) all week while their shop at Majura Park is open as usual Monday to Thursday and 8am-2pm on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.
Online you can pick up a six-pack for $15 or 12-pack for $25 and if hot cross buns aren’t your thing, check out their range of bake-at-home products to tempt the tastebuds including croissants, sausage rolls, cinnamon escargot and spiced apple turnovers. Yum! Now delivering across the ACT; free delivery on orders over $40.
For more: Threemillsbakery.com.au
Deeks Health Foods
Healthy hot cross buns and chocolate hot cross buns made right here in Canberra? You’d better believe it. Everything Deeks does is 100% grain free – going beyond gluten-free. They’re also sans dairy, egg, nuts, preservatives, and colourants, so even the fussiest of eaters don’t have to go without hot cross buns anymore. Items ordered online are available for pick up from their Fyshwick store, otherwise Deeks dispatch orders Monday to Wednesday at 1pm, so get your orders in now to have some healthy, hearty hot cross buns in your hands – and bellies – by Easter!
More info: Deeks
If you’re one to turn your nose up at supermarket varieties, turn around, bright eyes. Coles traditional, chocolate and apple & cinnamon hot cross buns (in 6-packs) are CHOICE recommended (sale price until 7 April). The supermarket giant also sells ‘Coles Finest by Laurent’ sourdough varieties in 4-packs.
And if you can’t get to a store for fresh Easter buns, why not try Coles limited edition hot cross bun flavoured popcorn, dusted with a sweet cinnamon and spice seasoning – delivering the popular flavour profile through kettle-popped corn.
More info: Coles
At Woolies, you’ll find an equally diverse range of soft and tasty hot cross buns – full sized or mini, traditional or fruit-free (on sale until 7 April). Cadbury supplies the key ingredient in Woolies’ chocolate hot cross buns 6-pack, while the ‘indulgent’ Darrell Lea mocha hot cross buns come in a 4-pack, as do Woolworth Free From Gluten chocolate and traditional varieties.
Woolies also offers online only bundles of their fruitless and fruity 6-packs and mini 9-packs paired with Western Star butter.
More info: Woolworths
Alongside their usual seasonal offerings of traditional, apple & cinnamon, choc chip, mocha and fruitless hot cross buns, this year Bakers Delight has two different flavours on trial – choc orange and choc berry. “It’s noice. It’s different. It’s unusual,” as Kath Day-Knight might say. Baked fresh onsite daily.
Visit Bakers Delight to find your nearest store.
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