Where to find the best hot cross buns in Aucklandby Alice Harbourne
53 Fort St, central city
In the run-up to Easter, Ima’s charismatic owner Yael Shochat can be seen rolling dough in the restaurant’s window, apron covered in flour, as she works to meet the insatiable demand for her cult hot cross buns. Honey-sweet buns fragrant with freshly ground spices are topped with a moreish vanilla custard cross.
Bread & Butter Bakery
Ponsonby, Milford and Grey Lynn
There’s no chemical after-taste in these organic buns, thanks to the un-sulphurised organic fruit mix. Buttermilk gives extra depth of flavour, as does a burnt butter and spice syrup glaze.
La Voie Francaise
875 Dominion Rd, Balmoral
With a fine cross and handmade asymmetry, La Voie’s buns have an understated finish. They’re individually rounded for an even bake, resulting in chewy edges when toasted.
Britomart and Fort St
Follow chef Brian and Roselle Campbell’s dessert bars on Instagram and say goodbye, hips! Their chocolate hot cross bun recipe features freshly ground spices and Valrhona chocolate.
Little & Friday
Ponsonby, Newmarket and Belmont
In signature L&F fashion, these square buns are almost as big as a side plate, the optimum excuse for extra butter. The scent of orange will fill the house after toasting.
For vegan hot cross buns:
Grey Lynn’s Tart Bakery serves up legendary vegan hot cross buns, glazed with cinnamon schnapps “butter”, 555 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn
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