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Hot Cross Bun Tour 2007

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Hot Cross Bun Tour 2007

rworange | Feb 21, 2007 12:46 PM

It’s that time of year. All hot cross bun sightings will be appreciated.

In the past, I had standards … white icing cross, generous raisins, restrained candied fruit, not spiced with cloves.

The heck with it … some of the best buns didn’t meet those standards.

Don’t like the supermarket types that usually have a tasteless bun, too much candied fruit and not enough raisins and … shudder … a pineapple topping.

Anything anywhere is fair game. Who knows where I’ll be in the next few weeks.

This year kicked off with La Fayette in San Rafael … a pretty decent hot cross bun despite no white icing cross. Last year to get this bun … the bakery closes its doors in April, the owner retires, the bakery torn down and replaced by condos. Not officially in the ranking because it is going away … but it would have been maybe # 7

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/365698

Here’s my past rankings:

1) Hopkins Bakery (Berkeley)
2) Virginia Bakery (Berkeley
)3) Crixa (Berekeley) Not cross bun
4)Bennet Valley Bread & Pastry (Berkeley Farmers Market)
5) Sweet Adeline (Oakland)
6) Crixa (Berkeley) Hot cross bun
7) Bear Claw Bakery (Pinole)
8) Palo Alto Baking Company
9) FatApples (El Cerrito & Berkeley)
10) Chestnut Street Bakery (SF)
11) Danilo (SF)
12) The Bread Garden (Berkeley)
13) Liberty Café (SF)
14) Masse's (Berkeley)
15) Victoria Pastry (SF & Marin)
16) La Farine (Berkeley & Oakland)
17) Acme (Berkeley & SF)
18)Neldham's (Oakland)
19) Schubert’s Bakery (SF)
20) The Bread Workshop (Berkeley)
21) Whole Foods
22) Boudin (SF)
23) Emporio Rulli (SF & Larkspur)
24) Miette (SF)

Top of my list to try this year … come hell or … well, hell … in order of preference unless I hear otherwise

- Sweet Things Bakery in Cal Mart at Laurel Village or Sausalito
- House of Bread (Albany)

Others waiting to be tried:

- June Taylor (Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturday)
- Ladyfingers (Oakland)
- Citizen Cake (SF)
- Il Fornaio bakery (SF)
- Cake Box (Lafayette)
- Dianda’s (SF)
- Gayle's Bakery (Santa Cruz)
- Delanghe (SF) didn’t make them last year
- La Boulange / Bay Breads (SF, Temescal Farmers Market & Mill Valley)
- Noe Valley Bakery (SF) Tried them in 2002, but forget the details
- Downtown Bakery (SF & Healdsburg) Tried them in 2003, but forget the details
- The Village Bakery (Sebastopol)
- Arizmendi (SF location had a sign to reserve them for Easter a few years back)
- Brioche Bakery (SF) Maybe yes, maybe no. If they make them it will be close to Easter.

Hot Cross Buna and Pretzel origins
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/299876

Details are in the next post so the rather long descriptions collapse after reading.

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