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Mar 14, 2014 11:49 AM

Where to find Hot cross buns?

They're seasonal but hard to find. Night Kitchen makes them, only on Fridays until Easter and they're out by the afternoon. Any recommendations?

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  1. How far are you willing to travel?

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    1. re: cwdonald

      That's a good question: might depend on how highly they're recommended, and what else is interesting nearby. I'm in mt airy, but we like going to other neighborhoods. Any good bakeries in Fishtown, for example? Or Center City, or West Philly? I called Four Worlds, and they don't make them. Four Worlds we consider worth a trip, for example, and it's near The Woodlands, so a good destination.

      1. re: myra

        Have you tried the new Metropolitan Bakery in Chestnut Hill. Metropolitan Bakery in Center City definitely carries them.

        1. re: cwdonald

          I called Metropolitan in W. Philadelphia and the person who answered told me they don't make them. He said they only have Irish soda bread. HCB are made with a yeast dough, Irish soda bread rises with baking soda.

          But you've seen them at Metropolitan, with the white icing etc.? if so, I will follow up.

          1. re: myra

            I have seen them in center city Metropolitan. That would be where I would start. Not every metropolitan location has the same selection.

            1. re: cwdonald

              Last year they had them at Le Pan Quotiden. They were good but I am not an expert as far as these go.

              1. re: bluehensfan

                I have seen them at local super markets including wegmans, acme, and Giant. I got mine at crossroads bakery in Doylestown. Fresh is always better.

                Hope you find a place that meets your standards.

    2. I bought some today at Daryl's in Glenside. They do have the neon-green candied fruit in them, though, just in case that's not what you're looking for.

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      1. re: oliviasaru

        You're right, green candied fruit less appealing.

      2. I'm pretty sure the bakery on Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown has them. Next to Jiffy Lube.

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        1. re: JanR

          Thank you. I tried Flourtown Bakery today. Excellent quality HCBs. No artificially colored candied fruit. Small and light. Good recommendation, thank you. (My husband says there was something bright red in his, so maybe some artificial color after all. I think mine disappeared before I could examine each morsel carefully. But he concurs, delicious.). The San Francisco board has a HCB discussion, too.

          1. re: myra

            I have to amend: flourtown bakery definitely does have the strange but common neon green and red candied fruit. Oh well. I was lucky on the first try, only raisins.

            1. re: myra

              Sorry. I don't like that stuff either.

              1. re: JanR

                I am so glad you posted anyway. I was hapoy to try them.

        2. If Alice is making them in North Wales, go there. Everything they make is the best.