Best buns in Hobsonville
Countdown stores across NZ battled it out to find the best.
It’s that time again: spice, fruit and the smell of warm bread.
Hot cross buns are here and Countdown Hobsonville is leading the way, having taken first place in their nationwide hot cross bun competition.
Fresh food manager Juliana Murphy says everyone was very keen to hear the outcome, given there were so many stages to go through.
The store first won best bun for their area, then zone and finally best of the country - with only three other stores in the final stage. All 184 Countdown stores took part.
First prize was $1000 to share with the team, ‘‘the kudos of being the best hot cross bun baker in the country’’, a trophy, and even a box of congratulatory chocolates from Hershey’s - the suppliers of the chocolate for the chocolateflavoured hot cross buns.
Buns were assessed on texture, colour, presentation, glaze, spice and fruit spread, proofing or shape, and the position and shape of the cross.
Head of the four-strong bakery team Kishore Badurla says he was careful to follow the recipes directly and not change anything.
Hot cross buns started being made in the last week of January and will go until just after Easter.
But what really made the difference with Hobsonville bakery’s buns?
It comes to down to pride, Murphy says.
‘‘It’s not just putting bread on the shelf. There’s a whole science to what they do out the back there, and I’m in awe of what they do.’’
Second place went to
Auckland’s Manurewa Countdown. Third and fourth places went to Avonhead and Wanganui respectively.