Friday, 4 April 2014

Top 6 treats to get this Easter!

Easter is just around the corner. Here’s a list of our top 6 must-have treats for the festive season.

1. Go retro with T Cavallaro & Sons marzipan Pascal Lambs
For centuries, Sicilians have been giving gifts of Easter lambs. 
Because of its historical and religious significance, Tony (owner of T Cavallaro & Sons) tells us this is one of the most rewarding things they make. Making the lambs reminds him of the days when he would watch his father produce these works of art. 
The moulds were brought to Australia by Tony’s father in around 1941 and would have been used by him since the 1900s.  Dusted lightly with cornflour, the moulds are then filled with marzipan. The larger ones are then filled with a layer of Madeira sponge which is placed just under a fruit mince of sultanas, cherries, orange peel and almond which adorns a third layer within the lambs.
The lambs are then covered with a butter cream to resemble the wool.
What: Pascal Lambs (sizes rangefrom 50 gms to 3 kgs)
Where: T. Cavallaro & Sons is at 98 Hopkins Street, Footscray. 
Price: Varies depending on size
How: Call 9687 4638 to ask for availability or to place an order. 
Read more about T Cavallaro & Sons here.

2. Go mod-Oz with Cafe Vue’s hot cross buns

Cafe Vue offers two delicious varieties of hot cross buns this season. 
Spelt and Cranberry hot cross buns

The Spelt and Cranberry hot cross buns are absolutely delicious. Made from spelt wholemeal flour from Powlett Hill Mill with a selection of sweet dried fruits thrown into the mix, the buns have a lovely hint of mixed spice, ginger and orange. Full of fruit yet, retaining a fluffy and soft texture, these hot cross buns are divine. 
Chocolate hot cross buns

For the chocolate lovers, Cafe Vue’s chocolate hot cross buns are an indulgent mix of orange puree, ginger a hint of mixed spice, and smooth chocolate chips. Threading the delicate balance between bun and cake, these hot cross buns certainly satisfy.

What: Hot cross buns (spelt or chocolate)
Where: Order online or purchase at any Cafe Vue location:
  • Cafe Vue 430 Little Colllins Street, Melbourne
  • Café Vue 401 St Kilda Road
  • Café Vue at Heide 7 Templestowe Road Bulleen
Price: One for $3.50 or 6 for $18
How: Order online here  

3. Not quite molecular gastronomy with Heston's buns
Heston's Lemon Myrtle Hot Cross Buns are just moreish. Filled with plump sultanas, spicy ginger and aromatic lemon myrtle, the buns have a brioche-like texture and consistency and are the ultimate treat.

What: Lemon Myrtle Hot Cross Buns
Where: Coles
Price: 4 for $8

4. Brumby's Nutella hot cross buns - something the whole family will love
For something that both the kids and adults will love, Brumby’s twist on the good old fashioned Hot Cross Bun will be a sure hit.

The tasty Hot Cross Buns are filled with generous amounts of Nutella and baked fresh in store daily. 

What: Nutella Hot Cross Buns
Where: Brumby's
Price: One for $1.30 or 6 for $6.60

5. Spread some cinnamon love with Box of Scrolls
Box of Scrolls have perfected the art of the humble cinnamon scroll. Turning moist, light dough made into fresh, aromatic cinnamon scrolls infused with the perfect cinnamon and filling, it is no wonder Box of Scrolls already have a cult following. 

Their Nutella & Banana scroll is perfect for indulging in the Easter festivities. The Nutella & Banana Scrolls are decadent and possess a melt-in-your-mouth quality that is just heavenly. The slightly savoury buttery flavour of the scroll cuts the rich taste of the Nutella and banana, resulting in a dessert that is not only incredibly indulgent, but very well balanced. 

What: Cinnamon scrolls and various variety scrolls
Where: Scrolls can be quickly delivered to most cities around Australia.
Price: Varies. Check our their site for more details -
Read more about Box of Scrolls here.

6. Easter-themed cakes and biscuits from Michel's Patisserie 
With the Easter bunny’s annual visit fast approaching, Michel’s Patisserie is celebrating the magic of Easter with a range of Easter-themed products like their Party Cake, a delicious Chocolate Sponge Cake topped with milk chocolate Easter eggs, or their scrumptious chocolate flavoured gingerbread Easter Bunny biscuit.
What: Easter-themed cakes and biscuits
Where: Michel's Patisserie
Price: Varies. Check out their site for more details:

Gastrology bloggers sampled the products for the purposes of this review courtesy of T Cavallaro & Sons, Cafe Vue, Box of Scrolls, Brumby’s and Michel’s Pattiserie.

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