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The Easter Scoop

“Home made hot cross buns and Easter egg mousse cups. As well as some Easter treaties you can purchase from around town.”

The Easter Scoop

The Easter Scoop

Before you go and eat yourself stupid on hot cross buns, chocolate and even more chocolate, let me share some of my favourite Easter treats; homemade and shop bought.

Hot Cross Buns
You can buy them anywhere. This yearโ€™s hot cross bun have been ranked, and you can find all about who came first here. Iโ€™ve made the Donna Hay HCB, and recently the Thermomix ones found in the Everyday Cookbook. I will hopefully blog the recipe before Easter too :) My personal favourites are the choc chip ones, or a nice fruit one, toasted with a bit of strawberry jam on top.

Easter Egg Mousse Cups
A great addition to your Easter feast, and so simple to make. Simply buy hollow eggs, break off the top and fill with your favourite chocolate mousse. If you are like me, you can make your own mousse, but not necessary โ€“ I like the King Island chocolate mousse for when I canโ€™t be bothered making my own. Top with peppermint crisp, honeycomb, or whatever floats your boat.

Easter Treats
My awesome friends over at LuxBite have outdone themselves this year. Whilst their hot cross bun pudding isn’t on the menu anymore (the first thing I ever tried there on my birthday 2 years ago), they have done a sensational hot cross bun macaron! They come in a pack of two, but if you open the packet carefully, you can steal one for yourself, and give the other one away ๐Ÿ˜‰

They have also teamed up with Sydney chocolatiers Kakawa and made these chocolate eggs with mini macarons inside!

I’ve dubbed it #macaronKink If you saw my instagram you will remember my story of “When a mummy macaron, and a daddy macaron love each other very much they hug each other for a long time, then the mummy macaron lays the eggs in the love nest, and that’s where baby macarons come from”

The awesome people, including award winning chocolate maestro, Tim Clark from Cacao have a huge range of Easter goodies filling their stores. Check out their St Kilda store for their chocolate Humpty Dumpty display, which took two weeks to make, and around 120kg of chocolate. It’s insaneballs! I was invited to learn how they make chocolate salted caramel Easter eggs. I learnt (kinda… I’m still vague and need to try it myself) how to temper chocolate, how to fill the moulds, and assemble an Easter egg. We also learnt how they make there scrumptious salted caramel which contains a bit of chocolate :) We ended up putting a salted caramel egg inside a bigger egg… Inception… or as Ashley and I worked out … wait for it… “Eggs-ception” … boomtish!

Cacao also have hot cross buns and your extra special Easter eggs, bunnies and other cuties like these birdies for sale. Or pick up a box of their vibrant macarons, or other tempting treats for people who may don’t like chocolate. Cacao locations can be found here:

Woolworths have gone all out as well with their chocolate Easter eggs this year. Hand crafted by skilled artisan Australian chocolatiers using the finest quality ingredients, sourced locally and from around the world, the decadent range of Gold Easter Eggs feature three luxurious flavours: Dark chocolate with mint leaves, White chocolate with cranberries and pistachios, and this milk chocolate with fruit and nuts. With quality milk chocolate using the best West African cocoa beans, almonds from Riverland, South Australia and sultanas and currants from Mildura, it’s a little bit more special. Available at all Woolworths supermarkets or online.

Lindt also have their Gold Bunnies out for the season. Available from all good retailers :)

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Some recipes from the archives for you to try this Easter:

Malteser Slice 
Hot Cross Truffles
Caramel Easter Egg Muffins
Easter Cupcakes
Donna Hay –  Hot Cross Buns
Chocolate Orange Marble Cake
Products from LuxBite were purchased by Iron Chef Shellie. 
Iron Chef Shellie was a guest of Cacao for an Easter egg making event.
Woolworths Egg  & Lindt Bunnies were sent as a sample to Iron Chef Shellie.

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14 comments on “The Easter Scoop
  1. Daisy@Nevertoosweet - March 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    You know where I’ll be going soon right? ๐Ÿ˜› LUXBITE!!! I got the Lindt chocolate too yay i haven’t had any and was going to save it for my nephew! Definitely trying that egg chocolate mousse idea! TEMPTED to get an Easter mould and make easter eggs at home too!! But don’t know if I’ll have time before Easter :) Great post! I feel like I need more chocolate hahaha

  2. Kristy @ Southern In Law - March 21, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Holy yum – this post is Easter Heaven! I loveeee that Humpty Dumpty Easter egg, haha

    If the Woolworth’s Easter Eggs are gluten free – that dark chocolate and mint easter egg needs to meet my face ;P

  3. jac - March 21, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Love the Easter Egg Mousse Cups – so cute!

  4. Michelle @ The Bakeanista - March 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Ahhhhh all that Easter and chocolate goodness! I”m craving for some hot cross buns now – they look storebought! And how cute are those Easter eggs mousse cups! You too have outdone yourself, Shellie! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And may I add, your food styling is looking even more amazing now.

  5. GourmetGetaways - March 22, 2013 at 8:04 am

    All these ideas are so cute!!
    I am in love with your Hot Cross Bun Macaroons, they are just so sweet…
    …and if I saw a Lindt bunny on my fron lawn he would be missing his ears :)

  6. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today - March 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    This year I won’t celebrate Easter and I’m not very happy about it. But next year it will be big and amazing!

  7. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - March 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    We need better shops on the Sunshine Coast. My favourite chocolatier just went out of business and now I’m outta luck. What a lovely array of Easter treats and now I want chocolate!

  8. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed - March 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Super cute options here, cannot get over those macarons!! Just adorable.
    Heidi xo ps thanks for the blog love :)

  9. Jodie - March 23, 2013 at 10:42 am

    So. Much. Chocolate!
    What perfect Easter ideas also!!!!

  10. Nic@diningwithastud - March 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Ahhh Easter….a dieters nightmare lol. I will have one of everything please ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. msihua - March 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    My heroine! Love love love this post!

  12. Libby - March 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I saw very similar hot cross bun macarons at LBM in the city last weekend! I regret not buying them but hopefully I’ll get another chance before the store closes up for Easter.

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