I have been so excited for the hot cross bun Taste Off that I’ve been taste testing for breakfast every morning this week. RiotACT readers were right on board the hot cross bun craze too, with suggestions coming in for places all over Canberra.
I won’t lie, I was a bit disappointed when Coles and Woolies got more than a few votes this week. Yes, I’ve been known to eat supermarket hot cross buns every now and then too, but they are definitely not Canberra’s best. I was very pleased, however, when votes started coming in for some of the independent bakeries and patisseries around town – Dream Cuisine in Fyshwick, Croissant D’Or in the City, Silo in Kingston, Erindale Bakery, Rivett Bakery and Danny’s Bakery in Narrabundah. However, the two places vying for Canberra’s best hot cross buns this week are A. Baker and Bakers Delight.
A. Baker is a bakery come restaurant come bar located in the New Acton precinct. After a leisurely late morning breakfast on Friday, I watched as an enormous tray of freshly baked hot cross buns came up the stairs and went straight into a paper bag for me to take home. Still warm from the oven and smelling oh so delicious, I didn’t even make it back to the car before getting my mouth around one of them. With just the right amount of spice, high quality dried fruit, and a delicious glazing on top – the A. Baker hot cross buns taste as good as they smell.
Bakers Delight has about a million locations across Canberra and probably don’t need much of an introduction. I like Bakers Delight because they bake all their bread and pastries fresh every day and are a great all round bakery. This week I tried their traditional fruit hot cross buns. Lightly toasted in the oven with a big slab of butter, they were pretty delicious. You can always rely on Bakers Delight for decent baked goods.
This week’s decision is best summed up by one RiotACT reader, “For everyday scoffing, Bakers Delight do a good job.” The hot cross buns from Bakers Delight are good, but A. Baker takes this Easter exclusive to another level. This week I’m crowning A. Baker as the place to find Canberra’s best hot cross buns.