If you love the seasonal delights of hot cross buns and are anxiously watching the days slip by until they're off the shelves until next year then now is your time. We've picked all every possible way you can enjoy them in London over the Easter.
Trad as hell at St John
The glossy buns at St John Bakery are "laden with spices, studded with fruit and crystallised ginger, lifted with zest and long-proved for depth of yeasty flavour. Find them at their Neal's Yard Bakery.
In chocolate form
Paul A Young's brought out limited edition Buttered, Toasted, Hot Cross Bun truffles made from Guittard 35% Soie Blanche white chocolate ganache, toasted Bread Ahead hot cross buns, butter and a touch of Amaretto.
Boozed up with whisky
NYC chef Rory Macdonald of Patisserie Chanson has teamed up with Whyte & Mackay for what they're dubbing the world’s first Scotch Cross Bun. They're only being sold at the patisserie in New York and at London's Mac & Wild (19-21 April).
Soho gelateria Gelupo have a Hot Crossed Bun gelato on for Easter, paying homage to the much loved Easter treat. And if you want to go for the treble they're also doing two traditional Italian Easter flavours too - a Colomba gelato [based on the Italian Easter Cake] and Pasticciotti.
Brunch specialists Riding House Café, Rail House Café and Village East, are serving hot cross buns up for brunch. Their toasted hot cross bun base is topped with poached egg, swiss chard and hollandaise sauce.
Super sticky buns
Over at Bread Ahead, they're selling buns from now till Easter Saturday. Their buns are filled with raisins, currants, apple and mixed peel and - this is the good bit - are glazed with a mixed spice and cinnamon glaze, making them particularly shiny and sticky. Find them in their cafes at Beak Street, Pavilion Road and the Bread Ahead stall at Borough Market.
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