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.
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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