13 March 2012
the best of the buns
Photography by Anna Kidman
In our quest to find the perfect Easter treat, we round up the best hot cross buns on offer around town.
The arrival of hot cross buns into bakeries seems to come around earlier every year. But let me assure you we aren’t complaining – the longer we get to extend our indulgence in the delightful spicy buns for the better. While there are many variations of hot cross buns available from bakeries and supermarkets alike, there are certainly those that stand above the rest. Luckily for you (and even luckier for us) we’ve got in early and done the hard work sampling through the extensive range available for you. Here, we present our round up of the only places you should think about purchasing your sticky, glazed hot cross buns from. Might we suggest calling well in advance to place your Easter order, on the Monday morning we visited the folk at Little & Friday, the delicious looking buns you see above, were already almost gone.
Little & Friday – This was the first year we had sampled Little & Friday’s delicious buns. And we highly suggest you do too. Light and expertly well risen, the delectable buns are going to be making a regular appearance on the lunch menu this month. (12 Melrose Street, Newmarket, (09) 524 8742 (09) 43 Eversleigh Road, Belmont (09) 489 8527)
Pandoro – Pandoro have long been renowned for their delicious, and all natural hot cross buns. Full of fruit and perfectly spiced, although you can’t beat the classic variety, we are rather partial to their chocolate ones too. (427 Parnell Road, Parnell (09) 358 1962)
Paneton – Consistently good, Paneton are unsurprisingly the folk behind the delicious handmade hot cross buns you will find in many of Auckland’s best cafes, as well as gourmet food markets Nosh and Farrow in the lead up to Easter. Stop by their flagship Halsey St store and pick them up by half dozen. (21 Halsey Street, Freemans Bay, (09) 309 5338)
Il Forno – We have sung the praises of Il Forno’s hot cross buns before and they of course deserve a notable mention again. The decently sized buns are available in both traditional and chocolate variety, and come with the all-essential highly glazed topping and light, doughy spiced centre. (55 Mackelvie Street, Ponsonby (09) 378 0264)
Wild Wheat Mt Eden – Wild Wheat’s buns are the reigning North Island Hot Cross Bun champions, and we can see why. They don’t cut any corners making these, hand-soaking the fruit for days beforehand and finishing off with a generous glaze of candied fruit sugar syrup. (811 Mount Eden Road
Mount Eden, (09) 631 7012)
Consumption of the above only requires one simple instruction – Serve them warm and topped with lashings of quality butter.