Raisin the bar
We're in full Easter mode here at CHOICE. We've been busy tasting Easter eggs, hot cross buns and even hot cross bun ice cream. And as it turns out, opinion is divided on many of the new crazy takes on traditional Easter treats that we've found.
In a recent Facebook poll on traditional vs non-traditional hot cross buns, 69% of you said you shouldn't mess with the classic, but 31% said you're keen to give non-traditional flavours a crack. We had 1500 votes and 72 comments – clearly people have strong opinions about hot cross buns!
Comments ranged from "They all taste like crap!" (Dee) to "Traditional all the way!" (Emma) to "Yeah, bring on the new flavours!" (Lauren) and "I'll go with the weird ones. Tradition is over-rated" (Benjamin).
So for the 31% of you who want to get weird with your hot cross buns, here are some crazy ideas of what you can do to pimp your buns to make your Easter egg-stra delicious. (Sorry.)
From the world's largest hot cross bun to a savoury "abomination", here are some of the most OTT hot cross buns on the internet.
1. Cadbury Creme Egg hot cross bun toastie
Woolworths' Cadbury Creme Egg hot cross bun toastie. Image credit: Woolworths.
This crazy recipe from Woolworths mashes together two Easter staples – hot cross buns and Cadbury Creme Eggs – and the result is… well, let's just say that it's a sure-fire way to get as much sugar into your gob as possible in one hit.
Basically, you just slap Cadbury Creme Eggs in the middle of your hot cross bun, whack it on the sandwich press and then sit back and enjoy the feeling of your pancreas getting a heck of a workout.
Ready to go there? You'll need a sandwich press that's up to the challenge. Check out our sandwich press reviews to find out which one can handle the ooze.
2. Hot cross bun snack pack
The Cadbury Creme Egg hot cross bun snack pack. Image credit: Dessert Boxes.
Taking the Creme Egg hot cross bun toastie to a whole 'nother level, Dessert Boxes' hot cross bun snack pack is a Franken-dessert of epic proportions. Think hot cross buns drizzled with Nutella, topped with Cadbury Creme Eggs – this will probably give you diabetes faster than you can say "nice buns".
Loaded hot cross buns from Dessert Boxes. Image credit: hit.com.au.
The company has upped the ante from a few years ago when it released a six-pack of loaded hot cross buns. Flavours included: Nutella (outside, inside and on top in a tiny Nutella jar); Milo (inside and out); chocolate doughnut (a cinnamon doughnut filled with Nutella, topped with dark chocolate and a mini doughnut); PB&J (peanut butter* and strawberry jam, topped with crushed peanuts); and Cadbury Creme Egg (hot cross bun with Cadbury Creme Eggs just pretty much allllll in and around it).
*If you'd like to re-create this at home, check out our peanut butter taste test to find out which is Australia's favourite.
3. The world's largest hot cross bun
The world's largest hot cross bun. Image credit: Guinness World Records.
Baked in Bolton, UK in 2012, this whopper of a hot cross bun weighed in at 168kg – the equivalent of 2060 regular hot cross buns.
If you're planning an Easter bake-off of epic proportions, you might need to super-size your oven. Here's what to look for in an oven.
4. Vegemite and cheese hot cross buns
Vegemite and cheese hot cross buns. Image credit: Vegemite.
If you need to give your sweet tooth a break but you're not ready to get off the bun bandwagon, Vegemite and cheese hot cross buns could be the answer to your dilemma.
These savoury snacks have plenty of umami from a quarter of a cup of Australia's favourite salty spread, plus three-quarters of a cup of parmesan cheese.
For the final salty flourish, they're topped off with piped Vegemite crosses.
"Vegemite and cheese is fine on a sandwich or a roll, but as a hot cross bun it's an abomination." – Joanna, Facebook
5. Every single hot cross bun from the Old Fernvale Bakery
Peppermint choc chip hot cross buns. Image credit: The Old Fernvale Bakery.
The Old Fernvale Bakery in Queensland takes the cake (or, erm, bun) when it comes to crazy hot cross bun flavours.
Here are some of the more out-there flavours they peddle:
- Choc Peppermint
- Pineapple & White Chocolate
- Jam Donut
"I think bubblegum is more weird than Vegemite and cheese." – Sarah, Facebook