The Hottest of Cross Buns
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.
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.
Okay, so not technically Christchurch but Artisan by Rangiora Bakery is officially home to the best Hot Cross Buns in New Zealand. They’ve won the Great New Zealand Hot Cross Bun Competition two years in a row.
These delicacies fly off the shelf, so get involved quick. Combining Seville Orange, Ceylon spices and a star anise, cinnamon and clove glaze, these buns are the bees knees.
Hop along to Artisan in Rangiora to get your hands on these winning buns.
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.
Get there for a tasty Easter treat and other delights. Delivering quality breads and treats to their customers in Sumner, High Street and beyond, Bohemian Bakery is a staple favourite. Their bakers say the secret to a good hot cross bun is their special sourdough culture, and only using freshly grated citrus zest. They also make chocolate brioche buns...yum.
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 unparalleled service. From a servery window on Buchan St, in Sydenham, baked goods of all sorts are slung to happy customers.
Offering some of the best Hot Cross Buns in the country, having won The Great NZ Hot Cross Bun Competition in 2019. 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.
Copenhagen Bakery hot cross buns have a proven track record, winning numerous awards over the years. What’s the secret? Think aged sour dough added to the mix of a fully packed fruited bun with just the amount of spice and a delicious apricot glaze to finish. Definitely mouth-watering, you’ll be going back for seconds!