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Mar 30, 2007 08:47 PM

Hot Cross Buns

I everyone,

Is there a bakery in town that makes particularly good hot cross buns?

I must say I haven't been on the lookout for them, but the missus wants some. So do you have any recommendations?



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  1. The only ones I've seen & tried the last few years at this time, have been at Premiere Moisson, & felt they were pretty good. I would like to try others, if people here can recommend places?

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    1. re: BLM

      You can try the Fournil on Victoria in Westmount. They are quite nice and traditional and organic as well.

      1. re: swissfoodie

        I got their hot cross buns this afternoon. To be honest, pretty sub-par. Been there before for their other stuff, & wasn't overly impressed. But I was willing to give them another try following your suggestion. I found their stuff pretty expensive(although willing to pay extra, if it's very very good).

        1. re: BLM

          Sorry to hear that. It's also a bit touch and go with this place but I had one of the buns this week and found it decent - perhaps it's because they had just come out of the oven. The outside was nice and crispy and the inside warm and doughy with just the right amount of raisins and not an overwhelming amount of spices. I think this is the sort of bakery where you have to know when they make stuff and go on that day. Otherwise, I saw some at Olive and Gourmando this morning - they might be worth it. I know their fig and raisin bread certainly is...

          1. re: swissfoodie

            I'll go to Olive & Gourmando early next week. I love their bakery products(croissants, brownies, etc.).

            1. re: BLM

              Check their web site for the speciality breads because they are not made everyday. For example, the fig and raisin bread is only available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

            2. re: swissfoodie

              Swissfoodie, are you sure there were hot cross buns at Olive & Gourmando Saturday? I spoke with three people at Olive & Gourmando when I visited yesterday, & they all insisted they don't make & sell hot cross buns(including one person there, who tells me that she has worked there 6 years & absolutely insisted they don't make hot cross buns). I even described the hot cross buns to make sure there's no confusion(adding it's usually only available at this time of year). I told them, that you saw them this past weekend. This went on for like 5 minutes.

              1. re: BLM

                So I called and they don't make them. What I saw was something else - possible that I was overwhelmed by the odors and the offering that I hallucinated. Otherwise, I know for a fact that I ate the fig and raisin bread and as a foolproof alternative to hot cross buns, I would recommend it. Sorry for misleading anyone...

              2. re: swissfoodie

                I looked on the website for O&G and see no mention of hot cross buns, either.

                I'll be needing some for this weekend!

                1. re: mainsqueeze

                  Premiere Moisson definitely has some, tried them, and they're good.

        2. Any new bakery offering them (as its an old thread)?

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          1. re: vabou

            De froment et de sève makes them every year.

          2. I got some at Atlantique, the German butcher/ import store on Cote des neiges and Queen Mary. Light, fluffy filled with raisins. They were scrumptious

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            1. re: mammab

              They have some good baked goods in this store, and groceries from around the world, good meat and seafood.

            2. The Chocolune in Ste. Rose Laval used to make good ones.

              1. I had some very good old fashioned HCB's at Patisserie Martinez in Ste Martine on rt138

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