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Feb 24, 2010 12:56 PM

seeking hot cross buns ...

... 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 ...

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  1. 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

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

    2. I heard Flour Bakery was going to have some soon.

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      1. re: BackBayGirl

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

        1. re: bear

          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. 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

          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

            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

              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

                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

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

                  1. re: Berheenia

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

            2. Mann Orchards in Methuen. SO GOOD.

              1. 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

                  Good tip (convenient for me). Thanks!

                  1. re: mmocpi

                    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

                      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

                    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!