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Hot cross consumer

By weeziepops - 3 April 2009 24

I am in search of decent hot cross buns. 

I mean traditional, old fashioned hot cross buns with fruit instead of choc chips, but not such as those featured in the supposedly top shelf bakeries which weigh a ton and taste like fruit cake (and cost a lot more than one-a-penny). 

Any guidance on this critical issue would be welcomed.

What’s Your opinion?


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Hot cross consumer
Ernie 8:39 pm 03 Apr 09

Garran bakery won awards for their buns but they might be a bit exxy (not sure on $ though).

Americanberran 8:24 pm 03 Apr 09

The best “hot cross buns” I ever got…happened during the best church service…I ever got 😛

miz 7:14 pm 03 Apr 09

Choc chip hot cross buns are just WRONG. They gotta have fruit with peel and be true yeast buns.

My mum’s were unreal, but she stopped making them when she went on the low-carb thing, dammit! I intend to tackle them this year.

Jonny534 6:42 pm 03 Apr 09

trevar said :

And although I have encountered many excellent Chocolate Hot Cross Buns, they seem to have vanished the last few years.

I know! Two or three years ago the chocolate ones were awesome! Now they seem to be just a darker coloured version of the bottom shelf fruitless ones.

trevar 5:43 pm 03 Apr 09

OzPhoenix said :

The other thing that jumps to mind, is that this seems to highlight a culture of consumerism. We want something rather simple, but very specific, yet we’re still not willing to make it ourself – we have to buy it…

meh, take it as a Friday afternoon pondering. 🙂

I had just the same thought, and there it is, written down (albeit much more elegantly than I would have done).

Personally, I hate rotten fruit, and when I was young we couldn’t get HC buns without rotten fruit in them. And although I have encountered many excellent Chocolate Hot Cross Buns, they seem to have vanished the last few years.

Lately, I have begun experimenting with a few recipes, and having a bread maker that will prepare the dough for you means they’re pretty damn easy to make!

I suppose if you’re a fan of the traditional ones with the rotten fruit in them, you’d be best digging some grapes out of your compost bin and making them yourself.

niftydog 5:37 pm 03 Apr 09

Tant Pour Tant bakery in Launceston. But, you need to preorder and it’s kinda a long drive. While you’re there, pick me up a Chocolate Raspberry Supreme. Mmm hmm.

Hawker Bakery are not shy with the orange peel and they do a choc chip version as well.

But yeah, those tip top one’s in the cardboard container are the shiz. My wife insists on taking them out of the cardboard to heat them up, which is sacrilege.

tortfeaser 5:05 pm 03 Apr 09

I like the Aldi premium (they’re in a purple packet) ones. Heaps of fruit, good cinnamon flavour. Heaps better than coles/woolworths/bakers delight/joe baker. Cornucopia do a good one too.

realityskin 4:47 pm 03 Apr 09
Pommy bastard 4:39 pm 03 Apr 09
emd 4:35 pm 03 Apr 09

I like our home made ones. But I also like the organic ones at Southside Farmer’s Market – I’m pretty sure they’re Urambi Bakery? They also do the best lamingtons ever.

If you’re buying in the supermarket, I go for the ones that support Red Cross. I figure if I’m buying ordinary supermarket buns, I might as well support a charity instead of just the supermarket share-holders.

Mickle 4:21 pm 03 Apr 09

Cornucopia in Braddon. Brilliant.

And the vietnamese bakers who sell at the Farmers’ Market at EPIC do an excellent organic one (whatever “organic” means). Lots of spices and fruit.

Genie 4:20 pm 03 Apr 09

Does Tip Top still make the “Kids” ones ?? Fruitless, baby size hot cross buns. They used to come in the cardboard container that you would just stick straight into the oven ??

As for traditional ones, +1 for the Coles bakery ones. And -100 for Woolworths.

Whatsup 4:09 pm 03 Apr 09

I like the supermarket “Tip Top” ones or Bakers Delight variety myself. Not sure if they would meet your strict criteria.

realityskin 4:07 pm 03 Apr 09

Coles !

OzPhoenix 4:05 pm 03 Apr 09

Hmmm, considering how specific you are, and considering the way you used “traditional, old fashioned” I have to admit the first thing that jumped to mind is that you should probably make them yourself. It sounds like you’re after some home cooked variety.

The other thing that jumps to mind, is that this seems to highlight a culture of consumerism. We want something rather simple, but very specific, yet we’re still not willing to make it ourself – we have to buy it…

meh, take it as a Friday afternoon pondering. 🙂

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