Yes the weather is cooling down and firewood orders are being made thick and fast, but the grey skies and falling leaves herald Hot Cross Bun season – also known as Easter.
These little pockets of yum have become a staple on kitchen tables across Aotearoa, with bakeries competing for your precious hot cross dollar. So where can the best ones be found? Who is winning?
We take a look at who made the best of the season across Ōtautahi:
Michael’s Bakery. If you listen to the radio, you already know about Michael’s Bakery. They recently won The Great NZ Hot Cross Bun Competition – literally the best hot cross buns in the country. Their buns are in high demand, fresh from their Hillmorton kitchen. It’s first come first served in the lead up to Easter, so get down to Coppell Pl in Hoon Hay for some of the city’s best.
Bellbird Baked Goods. Buns so delicious they stick to the bag. Take them home and do whatever it is your family does to hot cross buns, sit back and enjoy. Have some napkins at the ready for those sticky fingers. While you’re at it, take a stroll around The Tannery for Easter treats.
Grizzly Baked Goods. These guys are all about aesthetic, from green walls to the hand-painted signage. Their hot cross buns are just the same, with quality ingredients and unparalled service. From a servery window on Buchan St, in Sydenham, baked goods of all sorts are slung to happy customers.
Get there for a tasty Easter treat and other delights. Bohemian Bakery. Bringing quality breads to the seaside suburb of Sumner, Bohemian Bakery is a staple favourite for our coastal residents, and beyond. Their bakers say the secret to a good hot cross bun is their special sourdough culture, and only using freshly grated citrus zest. Worth a trip to Nayland St. They also make chocolate brioche buns...yum.