Beat the bunny – here are some of the best Easter treats to seek out across the Gold Coast
Let’s be honest, Easter is a glorious time of year when the diet can be (jovially) thrown out the window – you can’t avoid it, so you might as well enjoy it! We love nothing more than a good Easter egg, but sometimes we just want something a little extra. We’re talking hot cross bun French toast piled high with bacon, chocolate-doused waffle stacks, custard-filled hot cross buns and more. Yep, we’ve gone on an Easter hunt of our own to bring you the best Easter-themed treats going around town. Enjoy!
Waffles: The sweet-toothed culinary geniuses at Elk Espresso are bringing us an Easter-y take on the breakfast delight – think pillowy waffles covered in creme eggs and then doused with butterscotch, finished with raspberry jelly. The Easter special is available from March 31 to April 6. Meanwhile, the Burleigh-based Oh My, Waffle is serving up a waffle stack with house-made hot cross bun ice cream, sticky date sauce, toffee shards and speckled eggs.
Sweet sips: If you’re both a cocktail and a chocolate lover, then over the Easter long weekend we strongly recommend heading to Robina Pavilion to get your fix. Served over the Easter long weekend, its White Choc Espresso Martini will be served in an oversized Cadbury egg and dusted with golden flakes of moreish Caramilk chocolate, the drink is deliciously decadent. If a more morning-appropriate beverage is required, Forreal Kitchen is slinging EGGspressos (espresso in an Easter egg and topped with chocolate whipped cream), Bunny Shakes, Egg Bomb lattes and Creme Egg affogatos – just in case the Easter bunny didn’t reach you.
Easter Dippys at Paddock Bakery: The much-loved (some would say legendary) Easter Dippy Eggs are back at Paddock this year, and the sweet cheesecake and salted caramel-filled Dippy Eggs (which come with doughnut ‘soldiers’) are already being devoured on the daily at the Burleigh bakery. Not content with just one mindblowing and mouth-watering sweet treat, we hear whispers that a special-release Easter cruffin and doughnut are also on the cards. We won’t steal all the fun, though – you’ll have to head in yourself and discover the limited-edition delights.
Ice cream: The classic (yet notoriously divisive) combination of minty freshness and rich chocolate is a pairing almost as old as time itself, but the sweet wizards at Gelatissimo are adding a whole new twist this year. The Choc Mint flavour will be available for a limited time, which is the choc mint classic that you know and love but levelled-up with mini chocolate eggs and cookie crumb giving it a deliciously decadent texture. Coolangatta gelateria Ottimo is serving up an Easter special that you don’t want to miss, combining three of the best things in life – ice cream, chocolate and carbs. A new take on the classic ice-cream sandwich, the Panini Gelato involves creamy scoops of gelato spooned onto a golden, sweet bun and then lightly pressed to perfection (warning, it’s deliciously moreish). Burleigh Gelato Co. is also getting in on the Easter action, serving up a Caramilk egg-covered gelato which not only features the miniature balls of goodness, but is also doused in smooth and creamy Caramilk. Dreamy …
Hot Cross Bun French Toast at Bam Bam Bakehouse and Cubby Bakehouse: Bam Bam and Cubby have taken the much-loved hot cross bun and reimagined it in the most decadent way this Easter, in the form of a next-level French toast. Think baked pillows of goodness sandwiching bacon or banana and served on a bed of fresh berries, honeycomb and ice cream. Bam Bam are also serving up custard-filled hot cross buns, which are are infused with traditional spices and fruit before being lovingly injected with warm creme patissiere in the centre.
Chocolate overload at Tarte Bakery: The mastermind bakers at Tarte have conjured up an over-the-top (in the best way) Easter bonanza, with house-made truffle balls, an Easter Crueller – not to be confused with Cruella – with white chocolate praline and a full Easter display window, including a three-foot high chocolate bunny and a giant egg!
Easter High Tea at QT Gold Coast: If you feel like stepping into the pages of a storybook and being served a whimsical Easter feast, then hop down to QT Gold Coast, for a High Tea straight from one of your favourite tales. An array of both savoury and sweet treats will be served up for the indulgent high tea, including freshly baked chocolate hot cross buns, Easter bunny popcorn macarons with salted butter cream and Ferrero Rocher tarts.
Easter Bunny Cake at Madison’s: Sometimes a simple dessert just doesn’t cut it. You need something to wow your guests – something to really make a statement with. Well, friends, you’re in luck – Madison’s has just the treat for you. Enter the Easter Bunny cake, frosted in pastels and gloriously glittery. For just $55.00, you can have dessert for Sunday lunch sorted. Simple! Our tip? Pick up some piping hot (cross) buns while you’re at it.
HOT CROSS BUNS
The Bread Social, Tweed Heads: Southern folk, you’ll be pleased to know that this Tweed Heads bakehouse will be churning out traditional hot cross buns with a little bit of extra jazz this year. These light, brioche-style buns are filled with all-organic and spray-free fruits and topped with a spiced-cinnamon, clove and nutmeg glaze.
Burleigh Baker, Burleigh Heads: The team is again churning out its famed traditional-style hot cross buns this year, which are made using a brioche sourdough – not only do they taste fabulous, but they are crafted with gut-friendly digestibility in mind. This is true sourdough, using a natural leaven, which means the buns are first fermented for 24 to 36 hours. Free-range eggs, organic raisins and a dash of white chocolate are used – plus, these buns are completely free of preservatives and artificial flavours.
Marie Anita’s, Mermaid Beach: This gluten-free cafe and artisan bakery is well-known for its conscious, organic fare and delicious artisan baked goods and breads. This Easter, the Marie Anita’s team will be baking its hot cross buns fresh daily, which are entirely gluten-free, vegan and are made using organic sultanas, currants and raisins. Sit down and enjoy them with a coffee, or pre-order a batch to take home.
Cubby Bake House, Chinderah: For those south of the border, Cubby is dropping delicious sourdough hot cross buns this year. Batched fresh daily, these bad boys will be perfect to heat up at home – just lather with some quality butter and you’re away. They’re also slinging six-packs of hot cross buns for Easter, but get in quick (we mean now!) to make sure you don’t miss out – order via the website here.
Bam Bam Bakehouse, Mermaid Beach: We already mentioned them, but seriously – you need to check out these buns. Apart from the custard-filled delights being served up daily, Bam Bam are also slinging the classic hot crossies we know and love. Make sure you order ahead, they’ll get snapped up quickly.
5B2F Bakehouse, Chirn Park: For those a little further north, you can’t look past the creations from pastry chef Moonsun Yoo. He has created a milky, soft bun, which is infused with cranberries, raisins and apricots – the fruits are all marinated in port wine first to ensure the buns have depth from first bite to the last. Your hot cross buns are in very good hands here, so grab a six pack (or two) to go.
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