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seeking hot cross buns ...

mmocpi Feb 24, 2010 12:56 PM

... with a generous amount of frosting cross, not too overdone, fresh. Where can I get 'em? Roche Bros version is not cutting it for me ...

  1. chickendhansak Mar 23, 2010 09:54 AM

    What about buns where the cross is made with dough? (See the Wikipedia page for an example illustration.) Does anyone around here do them like that? I was surprised to see the use of frosting/icing on some in Shaw's (in fact, I was surprised to see them at all in Shaw's) as I've never seen that used for the cross in the U.K. (Trying hard to avoid the "A" word here ...)

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    1. re: chickendhansak
      Allstonian Mar 23, 2010 01:00 PM

      I've racked my brain trying to think of the A word you mean, and I'm not sure why you were surprised to see hot cross buns in Shaw's - they're not uncommon in the supermarkets around here. The first ones I ever had were actually Entenmann's!

      In any case, no, I've never seen hot cross buns crossed with dough - only icing.

      1. re: Allstonian
        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 23, 2010 04:12 PM

        I think he means "authentic."

        And I too have never ever seen a hot cross bun that doesn't use icing for the cross -- not just here in Boston but basically everywhere I've ever lived -- and I agree that it's not at all uncommon for supermarket bakeries to have hot cross buns. What's uncommon is for supermarket bakeries to have GOOD hot cross buns, and actually, now that I think of it, I don't think I've ever had a good HCB from a supermarket.

        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
          chickendhansak Mar 25, 2010 02:22 PM

          That shameful word and notion, yes. But, I wasn't aware they were at all common here, which dilutes foreign claims a bit. This is the first year I've noticed them.

          1. re: chickendhansak
            Allstonian Mar 26, 2010 06:57 AM

            Oops - sorry! "Authentic" never even crossed my mind, they're so endemic around here, icing crosses and all.

            I admit I wasn't personally introduced to HCBs until I was an adult, since I grew up atheist (another "A word"), but that was still a good 30 years ago, and I'm sure they were around and common before I ate my first one.

            1. re: Allstonian
              gansu girl Mar 26, 2010 04:41 PM

              When I was a kid, my athiest father and lapsed-Lutheran mother made tracks to Lyndell's for HCB every year during Lent . . . and that's the ONLY reason I ever found out there was a "Lent" and what it was about.

              I still haven't enjoyed any this season . . . might have to beat it over there this weekend myself, before it's too late!


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      astrid Mar 23, 2010 09:39 AM

      They had them at Greenhill's in Adams Village, Dorchester on Saturday.

      1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 13, 2010 01:32 PM

        Antoine's in Nonantum. There is no longer any contest. These are the Platonic ideal of hot cross buns. As much as I love some of the other things there -- the bismarcks, the eclairs -- these are amazing.

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        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
          Ralphie_in_Boston Mar 23, 2010 08:43 AM

          Agreed with you on this in the other thread, so I'll re-iterate here too. I've never had a HCB better than the ones at Antoine's.

          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
            mmocpi Mar 28, 2010 08:15 PM

            Got 'em today! Fantastic!! Although still not quite enough frosting to me, the overall quality made up for that. Thanks a lot, BFP.

            1. re: mmocpi
              BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 28, 2010 08:46 PM

              Yeah, I'd like to see a bit more frosting myself, but otherwise it's hard to go wrong with these. Allstonian and I demolished an entire dozen over the course of the weekend!

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            saltedherb Mar 7, 2010 10:34 AM

            A&J King in Salem has excellent hot cross buns.

            1. nsenada Mar 5, 2010 06:41 PM

              I lost interest when they went up to "one a penny."

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                erikamwalleston Mar 5, 2010 01:45 PM

                I just had some from Joseph's bakery in south boston, they were homemade, fresh and delish.

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                  emilief Feb 26, 2010 10:04 AM

                  Had one this week from Quebrada. Usually very good but this one was very overcooked. Awful. The Cheese Shop in Wellesley usually have excellent HCBs- not sure of their supplier- but have not tried this year. BTW, Cheese Shop is not open on Sundays.

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                    Berheenia Feb 25, 2010 10:43 AM

                    Last year I got some at Sugar Bakery , near Roche Bros in W Rox. You said generous with the icing and they were indeed- too much for my taste and a little pricey but the bun was quite nice.
                    A mob scene on Good Friday as well.

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                    1. re: Berheenia
                      mmocpi Feb 26, 2010 09:12 AM

                      Good tip (convenient for me). Thanks!

                      1. re: mmocpi
                        mmocpi Mar 26, 2010 09:05 PM

                        Tried them but the icing wasn't right. They actually have 2 types of icing on the top, one smeared on top (the sugar kind) and then the cross was big and generous but butter cream - that was just not right tasting to me. I liked them but will try Antoine's next. Thanks.

                        1. re: mmocpi
                          BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 26, 2010 09:39 PM

                          I love buttercream as much as the next guy, but yeah, that's just all wrong for a hot cross bun. How odd.

                          Do give Antoine's a shot. We're probably going back for another round of them tomorrow!

                      2. re: Berheenia
                        catsmeow Mar 14, 2010 06:34 AM

                        A few days ago, I stopped in for some other stuff and there was a big tray of them on top of the counter. They looked great!

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                        awhitehouse Feb 24, 2010 05:32 PM

                        Mann Orchards in Methuen. SO GOOD.

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                          autopi Feb 24, 2010 02:05 PM

                          i'm pretty sure i've seen them in lyndell's in ball square. i have not had them there, but i've consistently and actively disliked every single thing i have had at lyndells. (i hereby single out their black and whites for special scorn.)

                          that said, some people do like them and if you're into that whole retro-american-fluffy-bread-n'-shortnening schtick, maybe they would fit the bill.

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                          1. re: autopi
                            enhF94 Feb 24, 2010 03:34 PM

                            I'm also not a fan of Lyndell's (including the B&Ws), but I *love* their hot cross buns. They're only available seasonally, around April-May, for Easter. It's possible that a call or two might get them out early, and if you call, I will too.

                            ETA: the Hot Cross Buns and Anise cookies may the the only products I like at Lyndell's at all.

                            1. re: autopi
                              gansu girl Feb 24, 2010 03:58 PM

                              Lyndell's has them every year, I'm pretty sure they're available for all of Lent, but you should call and ask if you're interested. I happen to love them (and their B&Ws too, for the record!).


                              1. re: gansu girl
                                BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 24, 2010 04:48 PM

                                As long as you think of Lyndell's B/W as a wide, flat cupcake -- which is what it is -- then it's quite nice. It's not at all a proper black-and-white, but it's pretty good for what it is.

                                Clear Flour's HCBs are my favorites.

                                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                                  gansu girl Feb 25, 2010 05:29 AM

                                  You're right on, BFP - I find them to be tastier than Lyndell's cupcakes, which can sometimes trend a little dry. For me, their B&W is not traditional, but the "perfect" ratio of frosting (and I love that old-school junky bakery frosting) to moist cake. But yes, I realize it's not a traditional B&W.

                                  I'll have to schlep to Clear Flour and try their HCBs - love most everything there.


                                  1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                                    Berheenia Mar 23, 2010 03:11 AM

                                    Stopped by CF and HCB's will be available Friday 3/26 to Sunday 4/4

                                    1. re: Berheenia
                                      Allstonian Mar 23, 2010 03:58 AM

                                      Wow - that's a long stretch of time! When they first started doing HCBs, they had them ONLY on Good Friday.

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                                BackBayGirl Feb 24, 2010 01:10 PM

                                I heard Flour Bakery was going to have some soon.

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                                1. re: BackBayGirl
                                  bear Mar 23, 2010 05:49 AM

                                  Flour had some on Saturday. They looked great, but we didn't try them.

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                                    NahantNative Mar 25, 2010 09:10 AM

                                    Does Clear Flour sell out of their HCB's pretty quickly? I'm looking to pick up some of these on Saturday or Sunday. Will they hold them? (I feel like I'm trying to acquire a Tickle me Elmo circa 2001)

                                2. Bob MacAdoo Feb 24, 2010 01:08 PM

                                  Kane's in Saugus. Was there two days ago for coffee with my daughter, who had a chocolate raised. They had a tray full of fresh HCBs.

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                                  1. re: Bob MacAdoo
                                    mmocpi Feb 24, 2010 01:49 PM

                                    Another reason to go to the famous Kane's. This probably wins. Thanks!

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