Easter excellence: 10 best hot cross buns

We can’t wait until Good Friday to feast on these fruity, doughy treats. Just add butter

Sweet, yeast-leavened buns have always been associated with Easter, with the central white cross symbolising the Crucifixion. But hot cross buns, as they are now known as, are so tasty that us Brits seem to be starting on these seasonal treats earlier and earlier each year.

Problem is that unless you make them yourself, they can be bland, small, pale or dry – or all four. But help is at hand. From Aldi to Harrods, we’ve tasted them all to bring you the best of the buns.

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Verdict

Tesco Finest is a clear winner this year. Perfectly rounded, with plenty of plump fruit and superb spices, they are literally divine. Betty’s comes in at a close second place, with their impressively large hot cross bun that is packed with the kind of top-notch ingredients that this family run Yorkshire bakery has become so famous for.

Buy now

1. Aldi Specially Selected Luxury Hot Cross Buns, 99p for 4, in store only

2. Bettys Large Hot Cross Bun, £5.50

3. Marks & Spencer Golden Wholemeal Hot Cross Buns, £1.49 for 4, in store only

4. Tesco Finest Hot Cross Buns, £1.70 for 4

5. Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference, Fruity, £1.35 for 4, in store only

6. Waitrose Cinnamon and Raisin  Hot Cross Buns, £1.59 for 4

7. Morrisons Signature Hot Cross Buns, £1 for 4, in store only

8. Heston from Waitrose Acacia Honey and Ginger Hot Cross Buns, £1.65 for 2

9. Harrods Hot Cross Buns, £1.20 each, in store only

10. Thomas the Baker Hot Cross Buns, £1.20 for 4

 

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