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The best hot cross buns for Easter 2015

You can’t beat a hot cross bun at Easter time, lightly toasted with melting cubes of butter on top. We've tasted the best of the luxury hot cross bun market to come up with seven favourites.


Harrods: Giant, sticky and packed with fruit, these buns have a nice shiny top and a dense texture that toasts well. The fruit content is high with a slight spicing that leaves a faint liquorice flavour at the end. £1.20 per bun.

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If you’re feeling adventurous, try a Harrods carrot, turmeric and parmesan hot cross bun (£1.25). 


Bertinet Bakery: A light fluffy texture with a good proportion of fruit, although we thought they were too heavy on the clove. £11.95 for a dozen posted first class.


Bettys: Supersized, this is one large bun! It’s jam-packed with fruit (including zesty mixed peel) and it’s perfectly possible to eat a whole one each. £5.75/520g.


Daylesford: Slightly dense, but nevertheless these buns toasted well and had a light, sweet flavour with delicate spicing. £3.99 for a pack of 4.


Peyton and Byrne: The most homemade-looking buns in our taste test. Darker in colour, and generous cinnamon and nutmeg spicing. £1 each.


Pain Quotidien: A good sized bun with a light but firm crumb, a healthy dose of fruit and a whisper of spice. £1.45 each.


Gail’s: Our favourite hot cross bun for 2015! Packed with currants, sultanas and cranberries, these had a lovely texture made for toasting but also for eating straight from the box. Sticky on top as a hot cross buns should be. £1.25 for 12 or £6.50 for six


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