hot cross ani


Well I’m neither hot (the layers are going back on, autumn’s most definitely here) nor cross (does stress count?), but I’ll be both soon enough if I don’t stop eating hot cross buns.

Part of the joy (and sometimes stress) of going to work on-site at a new client is to be found in exploring all the new cafe possibilities. This week my morning coffee-stop of choice has been the illy cafe on Little Lonsdale Street. While the coffee is great, what’s really commanded my attention and loyal patronage this week has been the fantastic bread. The organic wholegrain toast my honey has adorned each morning is quite simply delicious. The very first day I found it I went straight back three hours later to have another slice with soup at lunch time. The next day I was 10 minutes late for a meeting as I chose to prioritise toast and coffee over the project status meeting hrmm way to get a project manager offside hehe!

I asked about the bread and it’s from an artisan bakery in North Fitzroy called Dench. They too have their own cafe which is now firmly at the top of my list of other places to try out... though I rather suspect I’d be safer if their pastries and cakes remained unseen and out of my reach. Dench also do their own traditional organic hot cross buns, the Illy store had fresh ones in yesterday. What can I say, they’re expensive but they’re SOOOOOO YUMMY!

I bought a box of 6 yesterday afternoon.

By morning I'd eaten 3.

Darn that pesky Easter Bunny. I was so focused on avoiding a potential chocolate barrage, I didn’t even see the hot cross buns’ flanking manoeuvre in my rear view mirror. Time to start being more careful again Ani, got to leave space for that fantastic toast.

The buns really are scrummy, very dense and spicy... I'll take a photo when I get home if there are any left

[Update] added the piccies - poor hubby had to wait drooling for his bun while I spent forever setting up my tripod hehe


Anonymous said...

Looks Yummy! Freash baked bread is a major weakness for me. Sometimes you do have to stop and smell the roses (Just don't pick so many "flowers" next time)! LOL!

wildfluffysheep said...

What a sneaky hot cross bun! When you were all focused on the chocolate....

Fat[free]Me said...

Oh, I have been avoiding them as I love them so much. Drool at the lovely pictures - as close as I am getting!

Anonymous said...

Oh god... that bakery is not far from me! I really shouldn't have searched for their website... :)

Btw, your photos are lovely as always. I'm sure hubby thought the photos made the wait worthwhile! haha

Anonymous said...

Ohhhhhh Ani. Yum. I haven't had a decent slice of bread, let alone a hot cross bun in ages due to wheat allergy. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you!

JanetM97 said... cross buns! I'll have to buy some, too! lol. Love your pictures!