Easter is a special time of year for so many reasons, not least for the abundance of delicious treats that tend to accompany the occasion – including my favourite the Hot Cross Bun.
Knowing the Southern Highlands has loads of great bakeries and patisseries, I have been eagerly awaiting the chance to munch my way through some stellar buns in hunt of the region’s best. It was a tough sampling process…(HAH, as if!) but I managed to narrow it down to the top 4:
1. FLEUR DE LYS | MOSS VALE
Not necessarily the prettiest, but most definitely the yummiest! Satisfyingly dense and sweet, with a pleasant fruit mix of currants and raisins. Best feature – the rich custard cross! Totally blows the old flour and water paste right out of the water. YUM. $2.50 a pop.
Where:254-262 Argyle Street, Moss Vale
When: Opening hours a little vague..just pop on by and try your luck!
2. FLOUR WATER SALT | BOWRAL
Dark and fruit toast-ish, not too sweet, and best enjoyed warmed just enough to smell the spice and served with lashings of butter. This plump-looking bun has the added bonus of being crafted from organic spelt flour. Available in classic fruit or decadent dark chocolate. $3- a pop.
Where: 374 Bong Bong Street, Bowral
When: 8am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday
3. GUMNUT PATISSERIE | BERRIMA
More of a sweet brioche than a bun – but hey, ain’t no one saying no to brioche! Fluffy crosses, very lightly fruit filled and covered in a sticky glaze. These buns ought to be shared, as they verge on the sickly sweet side of the pastry spectrum. $2.50 a pop.
Where: Shop 1, Post Office Corner, Hume Highway, Berrima
When: Open 7 days 9am – 5pm
4. SOUTHERN RISE | ROBERTSON
Simple and more classic, this bun is perfect for kids, or for those who prefer something a little more plain. At $1.50 a bun, you can’t really go wrong! Available in choc or fruit.
Where: 34 Hoddle Street, Robertson
When: Monday – Saturday 5am – 5pm
Now go forth and eat some buns, you can thank me later!