Cold crossless flavourless buns

Hot cross buns used to be easy to buy leading up to Easter. Now one needs to be much more careful. There’s a range buns available, and care needs to be taken to select the right flavour.

I’ve never ‘got’ chocolate hot cross buns but I suppose it’s a merging of traditions – soon we may be able to get egg shaped or rabbit flavoured buns.

I noticed recently that you can now get fruitless hot cross buns. They are always purchased cold -and soon if not already crossless versions seem likely.

They used to also be known as Easter Buns, but that probably didn’t suit them being sold from January.

There’s a wide range of ‘hot’ cross buns now available – these ones from Countdown:

  • Hot Cross Buns Traditional Fruit
  • Hot Cross Buns Mini
  • Hot Cross Buns Fruitless
  • Hot Cross Buns Indulgent Spiced Apple
  • Hot Cross Buns Herseys Chocolate
  • Hot Cross Buns Indulgent Herseys Chocolate Orange

I’ve seen Hot Cross loaves at Countdown too (cold of course, not sure if they had a cross or not).

When will it be necessary to have temperature neutral secular non-allergenic buns with flavours that everyone likes, available from after Christmas until about Anzac Day?

 

15 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  March 4, 2018

    I expect record sales of’ hot…cross’…buns this year,after Jacindas rise, the disenchanted will gobble them…up.Comfort ..food.

    • Corky

       /  March 4, 2018

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but the price of dried fruit has skyrocketed because of poor weather. That means price increases will…hold on, you are right. Only the disenchanted wealthy will be able to afford Easter Buns. Meanwhile Jacinda supporters will just have to settle for Tip Top White Bread with Pam’s Jam for a cheap sugar filled treat.

      That’s socialism for you, folks. The socialist elite live like Blue Bloods, while the useful idiots keep up appearances.

      • Blazer

         /  March 4, 2018

        forget Tip Top white bread…too dear…$1 loaves are just…fine.

        • Corky

           /  March 4, 2018

          Tip Top is $! in our area. Nothing good about one dollar loaves of bread. You may as well eat paper-mâché They would have similar nutritional profiles.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 4, 2018

            Don’t be absurd. They are the same as any other bread of the same kind. The only difference is the price. White, wheatmeal and multigrain are the same no matter who makes them. There is no Countdown house brand bakery, any more than there are Pam’s and other generic house brand factories.

            Couplands’ bread is excellent.

            Look at the list of ingredients on the bags, you may be surprised, If you want to pay more for snob value, go ahead. But Pam’s ‘weetbix’ is made by Sanitarium, so anyone buying Weetbix is paying for the name and not the product. Ditto the ordinary kinds of bread.

            • Corky

               /  March 4, 2018

              Ignorance is bliss. And that’s what manufacturers rely on.

              https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2010/jul/13/consider-cheap-white-bread

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 4, 2018

              That’s the Guardian in the UK, and as I have said before, Thomas Gray said ‘Where ignorance is bliss/Tis folly to be wise.’ He did not say that ignorance qua ignorance was bliss.

              Look at the ingredients. If they are the same, then the bread is the same.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 4, 2018

              That article doesn’t seem to address wheatmeal, whole wheat and multigrain bread, so is meaningless here.

            • Corky

               /  March 4, 2018

              I wasn’t quoting Thomas Gray. I don’t know who that poet is. Like I was saying, when you are ignorant about something you shouldn’t write with certitude.

              For your information, it starts with the wheat…and includes both white and wholemeal breads.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 4, 2018

              Well, you should know who he is, he’s famous enough, and I am surprised that you would quote words whose origin and author you don’t know.

              The fact that I know not only the poet but the quotation shows that the ignorance is not mine. I also know which of his poems it is from.

              I said that the article was from the UK, and, as we live in NZ, is irrelevant to us. I didn’t read it because I don’t live in the UK and am not really interested in their bread.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 4, 2018

              If ignorance is bliss, you should be the happiest person in NZ.

          • Blazer

             /  March 4, 2018

            I’m sure you would be surprised to learn that $1 wheatmeal bread has the same amount of fibre as a $5 loaf of Vogels.The $1 bread has a lighter weight per pack compared to ‘normal’ loaves.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 4, 2018

              That isn’t really surprising. There is a lot of snobbery around generic brands that is based upon nothing. They are100-150g less than the expensive ones, but the price means that there is still a lot more bread for the money. 3kg of Couplands’ or the Countdown generic for the price of one 700/750 g loaf of Vogels.

              Couplands’ Daily Grain is really good (I buy it for the birds, although I do sometimes buy white $1 bread for them.They are having a free breakfast, after all) and doesn’t taste like cheap bread. I have it myself if I have bread. All Couplands’ bread is excellent.

              I bet that bread snobs wouldn’t know the difference between the $1 white/wheatmeal/multigrain bread and the more expensive versions of these in a blind test. They probably come from the same place, like the ‘weetbix’ and the generic Pak & Save biscuits.

              Call the Guinness Book of Records, Blazer & I agree on something.

            • Corky

               /  March 4, 2018

              I could. The cheap multigrain breads either digest like white bread, or like Molenberg, the unground grains get stuck in your teeth and knock bad filling out. Take the grains out of Molenberg and you basically have white bread.

              Switch to Vogels with its hard crust, dry texture and lack of sugar, and even the village idiot could taste the difference.

  2. Gezza

     /  March 4, 2018

    The local NW traditional hot cross buns are good this year.
    I ain’t got no truck wid dem other ones.