Hot Cross Bun Roundup!
I thought I'd share with you my findings in time for Easter! This was NOT an organized tasting, so I'd be delighted to hear of any high spots I missed.
I should say that I like a traditional (except for upset favorite!) hcb, with soft texture and plenty of dried fruit. Several high-end buns (see Amy's, Eli's) had the toothsome texture of a country roll -- all very well in its place, but NOT my idea of a hot cross bun!
Bouchon Bakery, Time Warner Center
(More like a fruit-rich brioche, with an unorthodox cardamom icing! I'm a purist, but there was no arguing with this bun.)
-William Greenberg Bakery
-Two Little Red Hens
-Rocco Pasticceria (Extra points for value - $.75)
Recommended with Reservations:
-Dean and Deluca
-Entemann's (they're not bad in a pinch!)
-Zaro's Bread Basket
Rocco's Pastry Shop
243 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Two Little Red Hens
1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019
672 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036
342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003
1429 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028
William Greenberg Jr. Desserts
1100 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028
7th Ave W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
This is precisely why we haven't written about hot cross buns--nobody seems to agree on what they like best. And while that's fine, it does make for some contentious discussions. For example, when we did our podcast overnight at Amy's Bread a few weeks ago, I think I ate six of their hot cross buns in a two-hour period. And I'd eat another half dozen if I could. I haven't been so won over by the Bouchon bun; it's decent, but I find that it tastes a bit too aromatic for me.
I went to Rocco's yesterday on a Chowhound recommendation but found the HCB extremely dry to the point of being inedible. Maybe it was a bad day. I was happy with the cannoli though.
Sorry I cannot give more details, but my bf bought some HCB at an Italian bakery on 9th between 47th and 48th that were very moist and delicious, albeit they did not have the cinnamon and clove flavours I enjoyed when I had HCB in NZ.