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Feb 11, 2008 08:52 AM

Whither hot cross buns?

Where can I find the best hot cross buns? Haven't had much luck in recent years -- there used to be a bakery in C. Gardens that had decent ones (can't remember the name) but it closed 3-4 yrs ago.

I live in N brooklyn so proximity to BQE (or L train in manhattan) would be easiest for me. Thanks for any recommendations.

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  1. Saw them at Leske's in Bay Ridge recently. Don't know how they are, but they have them at least on Fridays.

    Leske's Bakery
    7612 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

    1. The bakery you refer to was in Cobble Hill, not Carroll Gardens. It was the College Bakery, and like much of the old neighborhood, has dissapeared. I think the hot cross buns were 25 cents, although maybe they had gone up to 35 cents.

      1. Ah, the late, lamented College Bakery! Actually I've had poor luck with HCB's in the borough of kings. (Two Little Red Hens is probably the best I've had - I'm told they have a new name now?) Citywide, I am partial to Bouchon Bakery's at Time Warner, and Pasticceria Bruno on Bleecker. However, these things are a matter of taste; I like a soft, old-fashioned HCB and find Amy's Bread's version a ciabatta-like abomination; while others consider hers absolutely tops!

        1. Rudy's in Ridgewood. They are about 6 blocks away from the Seneca Avenue stop on the M train. On the corner of Seneca and Myrtle. You could also walk up Myrtle from the Wyckoff station of the L train.

          These are the original, old school HCB. The ones which you can only find around Easter. They also have German Lent doughnuts. Not sure on the German spelling of the name. DH swares by them!