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Hot Cross Buns in Edmonton

Miss_Scarlett Mar 20, 2008 04:57 PM

Hi All!

I am going to *attempt* the making of hot cross buns for a brunch this easter weekend, however...

As a 'back up' plan, does anyone know of a really excellent bakery where I could acquire some? I don't want to resort to the save-on foods/safeway/iga brands. blech.

Happy Easter!

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    pengcast RE: Miss_Scarlett Mar 20, 2008 05:25 PM

    If you live on the northside, I would try the Portuguese Bakery on 118 Avenue and 53 Street. I remember the Christmas fruitbread as being great and hot cross buns very similar.

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      Dan G RE: Miss_Scarlett Mar 20, 2008 08:19 PM

      I've seen them at Cobs in Riverbend. Haven't tried them, so can't comment on quality, but pretty much everything else there is good.

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        cleopatra999 RE: Dan G Mar 20, 2008 09:06 PM

        I have tried the chocolate hot cross buns at Cobb's they were really good! very moist. not too sweet, not too heavy. definitely a good choice. i have not had their regular hot cross buns though, as I am not a fan of them.

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        Cheers RE: Miss_Scarlett Mar 22, 2008 09:53 PM

        In the past few weeks we have tried hot cross buns from many locations. This is what we found:
        Cobbs Bakery - The traditional buns were dry and contained only raisins with no other fruits. The chocolate chip hot cross buns were a novelty that were liked by our teenager but not something we wish to try. Overall, the buns were very expensive and not to our liking.
        Bon Ton - The buns are good, but for the price we didn't feel they were worth the expense.
        Portuguese Canadian Bakery - These buns were a big disappointment as they were doughy and contained very little fruit. They were small buns and, at 45 cents each, they were not cheap.
        Andy's IGA - These buns, at $2.99 for 12, were by far the best both in quality and price. They were always fresh and full of fruit. We are not big IGA bakery fans but these buns cannot be beat.

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          Miss_Scarlett RE: Miss_Scarlett Mar 23, 2008 12:10 PM

          Thanks for the help everyone!

          We did end up going to Cobbs. The buns were delicious! not at all dry and full of raisins and currants...quite traditional, as hot cross buns go.

          they were a hit with a discerning crowd!

          Next time...I really have to bake some myself though!!

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            pengcast RE: Miss_Scarlett Mar 23, 2008 08:27 PM

            I have only made them once and am not sure they were worth the effort. I have found a breadmachine fruit breat recipe that is.

          2. littlegreenpea RE: Miss_Scarlett Apr 1, 2008 08:17 PM

            I only just saw this now, sorry. Nancy at The Tree Stone Bakery on 99th Street was making some delicious ones during all of March for Easter. Maybe keep it in mind for next year.

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