We’re close enough to Easter now that we can taste it. No seriously, we can. It seems every bakery, café or eatery is doing an Easter special this year and who could blame them? Easter brings out the very best flavours: sugar, spice and lots and lots of chocolate. Below are our favourite Easter snacks for 2019.
Hot cross doughnuts
Forget buns, Docklands bakery Mill and Bakery is making hot cross doughnuts this Easter because hey, why not combine these two delicious pastries? The light, fluffy doughies are made with the traditional spices of cinnamon and clove, as well as whole pureed orange which is folded through the dough. Once fried, the hot cross doughnuts are piped full of orange custard before being finished with the customary white cross. They’re available from now until Easter Sunday.
Easter egg sundae
Chocolaterie and café Only Mine has launched Easter egg dessert bowls this season. The team take half a large Easter egg. Then they fill it with two scoops of ice cream – the flavours are up to you. Finally it’s time to get creative as you choose the extras, sauces and toppings you want to add to make your Easter sundae a little bit egg-stra. It’s available until Easter Monday at Only Mine in Olinda.
Hot cross bun gelato
What if hot cross buns were, er, cold? Frozen, actually? Piccolina Gelateria is turning this classic Easter treat into a specialty gelato flavour for Easter. Piccolina is making its own hot cross buns in house every day, with that classic combo of nutmeg, cinnamon, sultanas and lemon zest. Then the gelato makers turn the buns into croutons, which are churned through the gelato. The flavour is available until the end of the Easter long weekend.
Sweet dippy eggs
Good Times Milk Bar is one-upping your average egg and soldiers dish this Easter. The café's usual dippy eggs dish (which usually includes Rustica sourdough pecorino soldiers, guacamole, relish and hemp seed dukka) has now got a sweeter-than-usual bent. You can now dip your apple and cinnamon loaf into chocolate caramel creme eggs, strawberry coulis, lemon curd, mascarpone and colourful hundreds and thousands. It’s available all Easter weekend for $22.
Jasper’s Goldie Flip
Enough with the sweet treats – how about an Easter-themed cocktail? Jasper’s is now serving a Goldie Flip cocktail which mixes dark chocolate with Diplomatico Rum, coffee beans and a touch of cinnamon, orange and house-made macadamia orgeat. It’s even served in a whole Easter egg so you can eat that, too. It’s available now at Jasper’s until the end of April.
Colomba Gelato Sandwich
Ice cream mavens Pidapipo have teamed up with chocolate connoisseurs for the Colomba Gelato Sandwich, a limited edition gelato flavour and chocolate bar. It comprises of two slices of Colomba di Pasqua (a traditional Italian Easter cake) sandwiching a limited-edition gelato flavour of candied orange, almond croccante and Hunted + Gathered 70 per cent dark chocolate chip. It’s available at all three Pidapipo stores from Good Friday to Sunday, April 28.
Hot Cross Bites
Out of Koko Black’s huge Easter range, our top pick would have the be the Hot Cross Bites. These tiny morsels are spiced, feature a fruity centre and are coated in milk and white chocolate to create one more-ish treat you won’t be able to put down. You can get them right now at all Koko Black stores (including their new store near Melbourne Town Hall on the corner of Swanston and Collins Streets).
A microwaved hot cross bun
Admittedly I snuck this one in because it seems I’m on a mission to get at least one of you to try my favourite Easter snack: a microwaved hot cross bun. Yes, microwaved. You can use any old bun (here are our favourites, by the way) and you’ll need lots of butter. Here’s the method and the reasoning behind it if you’re curious.