Everyone’s talking about… Bread Ahead’s hot cross bun doughnuts

Bread Ahead doughnuts

Hot cross buns are one of my favourite sweet treats. Topped with lashings of butter that runs down your hand as you bite into the fruit-packed, sweet, spiced bun, I can never stop at only one. So when I saw the flurry of Instagram posts of Bread Ahead’s hot cross bun-inspired Easter special, I couldn’t resist.

Bread Ahead has transported the flavours of the traditional hot cross bun into its famous doughnuts. Their perfected soft and airy dough is laced with warming mixed-spice, and baked until gloriously golden and crisp, before being rolled in sugar for extra crunch and (over-)filled with silky spiced vanilla custard, robust with cardamon, cinnamon and nutmeg, and flecked with juicy raisins and candied peel. It’s an almost 50/50 ratio of bun to custard – decadence at its best. A pretty little cross crowns the overflowing custard – a nod to the bake that inspired its creation.

Final word: Pure genius

Service: 7/10
Doughnuts: 10/10

Bread Ahead, Seven Dials, London

Bread Ahead
London (various – see website for locations and opening times)