These days it’s a little difficult to get into the Easter spirit when supermarkets start selling their hot cross buns the day after Christmas. One way to get my attention, though, is matcha. And at The Dough Collective, you can find classic, chocolate choc chip and matcha red bean hot cross buns. They’re 6 for $6.50 or 1 for $1.80.
Starting off with the Original, The Dough Collective’s version has orange rind and raisins scattered throughout. While the fruit may look a little sparse, it was just enough to bring the citrus and sweet raisin flavour throughout the bite without overwhelming. The bread is tender, but it lacks the ‘classic’ taste of the spiced dough. Usually, the cross on the bun is a highlight for me being chewy and/or crispy, but here it wasn’t noteworthy in the least.
Next up, the Chocolate Choc Chip was packed with chocolate flavour, using a dark chocolate for the dough and melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate chips throughout to make for a truly decadent chocolate treat. Again, as with all items at The Dough Collective, the bread is beautifully tender.
And finally, the Matcha with soft and sweet red and green bean through not. While the bun was a beautiful green, the matcha flavour doesn’t hit you in the face, and is rather subtle, coming through only at the end of each mouthfeel as a faint vegetal flavour. The sweet beans add pops of sweetness and nutty flavour.
And since I was already there, I try the Matcha Surprise ($1.80) with the same matcha bread but here with a white chocolate filling. The matcha flavour was lacking again although the white chocolate brought a pleasant sweetness in lieu of the sweet beans in the hot cross bun.
So, while the matcha hot cross buns lured me into the store, I’m not too impressed by their offering. The chocolate choco chip hot cross bun was the standout, while the matcha hot cross bun lacked matcha flavour, and the original hot cross bun lacked spice.
The Dough Collective is at G5/614 George St, Sydney NSW 2000.