Fresh from the oven: 13 hot cross buns to try now

It wouldn’t be Easter without hot cross buns, and with Good Friday on its way we’ve been hunting for the freshest, softest and tastiest in Brisbane. Whether you like them traditional, gluten-free or in an acai bowl – it's not hard to find delicious hot cross buns in Brisbane.

Keeping it traditional

Cake & Bake, West End 

Keeping it all natural this Easter, Cake & Bake are offering the scrumptious hot cross buns we all know and love filled with homemade spices, orange zest and fresh fruit then finished with a cardamom and orange glaze. No bread improvers are used to make these baby's, instead expect them to be packed with flavour and still warm from the oven – plus a small pack of Pepe Saya butter for buns pre-ordered until Thursday. 

nodo, Newstead, Camp Hill & Brisbane City

Known for its gluten-free, baked-not-fried donuts, nodo is not shy to jump on the hot cross bun wagon. The bakers have been hard at work combining dried blueberries and Easter spice to create a perfect hot cross bun. Not to mention they do an epic hot cross donut covered in a chocolatey glaze – taste them with your eyes.

Sol Breads, West End

Sol Breads is changing it up this year and offering both organic and gluten free hot cross buns. They are vegan and made using locally sourced organic ingredients, resulting in a deliciously soft bun with just the right amount of fruit and perfect amount of sweetness. 

Flour & Chocolate, Morningside & Northgate 

Flour & Chocolate hot cross buns

This southside and now northside favourite is well-known for its exquisite pastries and sourdough. Using sustainable flour, Flour & Chocolate’s hot cross buns are soft and flavoursome – filled with raisins, sultanas, currants, cranberries, apricots, figs and topped with a traditional cross. If you're looking for something naughtier, then their black forest hot cross buns made with sour cherries and Callabuet milk chocolate is the way to go. Also keep an eye out for varieties like Nutella, spelt and even sourdough hot cross buns that will show up from time to time between both stores.

Brewbakers, Albion

The sourdough experts continue to wow with their hot cross buns. Keeping it fairly traditional, Brewbaker's buns are made using organic flour, a combination of spices (including melange a la grecque) and a sourdough starter in the cross mix ensuring the bread is lighter and crispier. 

Crust & Co Artisan Baking, Wilston

You'll go hopping mad for the hot cross buns served fresh from the oven at Crust & Co Artisan Baking. Made on a brioche dough (drool) with dried fruit, spices and candied ginger means they're nothing but delicious. Grab one for yourself, half a dozen for the family or the wreath style to give as a gift or simply just treat yourself – get in early before they close for the long weekend. 

Jocelyn's Provisions, Fortitude Valley 

Jocelyn's Provisions hot cross buns

Making headlines around the country, Jocelyn’s hot cross buns have been featured on the pages of Gourmet Traveller for their great taste. With a delicious mix of fruit, spices and fresh, candied citrus peel, you can’t go wrong with a traditional bun from Jocelyn’s. 

Chouquette, New Farm

Enjoy a hot cross bun with added French flair at Chouquette. This patisserie will be serving traditional, expertly made hot cross buns all the way up until Good Friday. Get them while they're hot. 

Miss Bliss Wholefoods, West End

So you've got an intolerance and are sick of missing out on the sweet and spicy hot cross buns come Easter time? Well, hold onto your Easter bonnets because Miss Bliss Wholefoods takes out all the nastys (gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and vegan) so you can have your cake and eat it too.

Marché du Macaron, Gordon Park & Ashgrove 

Fluffy and goey, Marché du Macaron's buns are entirely sans-gluten which makes our hearts and tummies sing. In fact, the whole store is gluten-free so why not pick up a few sweet treats while you're there. Obviously, the macarons are a must-try. 

Not-cross buns

Dello Mano: hot cross brownie

Dello Mano hot cross brownie

If you’re already a lover of Dello Mano’s irresistible luxury brownies, it won’t be hard convincing you to try the hot cross brownies. Yep, they are exactly what you’re thinking – the rich chocolate brownie with a whole lot of spice, topped with a white chocolate cross. 

Couverture & Co: hot cross truffles

Couverture & Co hot cross truffle

Couverture & Co combine the best two things about Easter – chocolate and hot cross buns. The hybrid hot cross truffle comes in dark or milk, filled with a milk chocolate ganache, raisins, cinnamon, spice and all things nice, topped with a white chocolate cross. You can custom order to ensure you don’t miss out.

Kiss The Berry: hot cross acai 

Hop into Kiss The Berry to get an Easter Bunny-approved Hot Cross Berry Bowl. Famed for its fresh and fruity acai bowls, Kiss The Berry's Easter version comprises banana, pea protein, cinnamon, nutmeg, sultanas, coyo, carrot caramel and a Sol Breads organic hot cross bun to spice up your Easter.

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