A big Easter gathering might not be on the cards this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on delicious sweet treats. Local producers across the city are putting their spin on traditional Easter classics for what will be undoubtedly be a non-traditional Easter. Here are some of our favourites.
Abbots and Kinney’s hot cross spiced croissants
The patisserie’s Pirie Street location is selling these special Easter treats all week. It’s a spiced croissant filled with a milk chocolate baton and hot cross bun mousseline. You can purchase them ready to eat, and there’ll be bake-at-home versions available for the long weekend, too.
Sit Lo’s hot cross baos
Vietnamese joint Sit Lo is selling its popular hot cross fried baos once again this year. The pillowy baos, which are filled with Nutella and topped with icing sugar, are available in-store and through Uber Eats, but likely not for long. First in, best dressed.
Cherry Darlings Bakehouse’s glazed mini doughnuts
Vegan bakery Cherry Darlings has come up with a range of mini glazed doughnuts for the Easter season. There are three varieties – hot cross bun spiced glaze, milk-chocolate and strawberry-sprinkle – which come in packs of six (two of each flavour) for $25. Pre-order over the phone before picking up.
Mayfair Bakery and Patisserie’s hot cross tarts
Every Easter, Mayfair Bakery and Patisserie – one of South Australia’s longest-running bakeries – changes it up a little. This time around, owner Phil Donnelly (who also owns The Rolling Pin bakeries in Magill and Semaphore) is making tart shells from scratch and filling them with hot cross bun-flavoured mousse. Also new this year: hot cross bun bread and butter puddings, made from the bakery’s hot cross bun loaves.
Haigh’s Chocolates’ murray cod
Australians have been urged to avoid visiting regional areas over the long weekend, but you can bring a little bit of the river to your own home with this 125 gram chocolate murray cod from classic Adelaide chocolatier Haigh’s, available in milk and dark chocolate (both $11.50). The unequivocally South Australian treat is also available in various gift packs.
Prohibition Liquor Co’s Easter gin
Gin cocktails and hot cross buns: it isn’t the most traditional pairing, but South Australian distillery Prohibition Liquor Co and Brisbane’s Covent Garden want you to keep an open mind. They’ve teamed up to make a very limited-release Easter Gin that smells and tastes like a buttery, toasty hot cross bun made with a blend of Easter spices and fruits. It’s sold out on Prohibition’s website, but you can still order a gin gift box ($129) through Covent Garden here.
Steven ter Horst’s hot cross truffles
When you’re all about chocolate on a year-round basis, you really have to pull out all the stops come Easter. Rundle Street’s Steven ter Horst Chocolatier has risen to the challenge: this week it’s offering everything from hot cross bun truffles, to bunny pops, to dark chocolate eggs filled with chunks of honeycomb.
Dough’s hot cross croissants
Market favourite Dough has long created imaginative pastries to be served at its sister cafe, Market Street. So it’s only fitting that it’s invented a special croissant for Easter, filled with spiced cream and topped with a citron glaze. They’re available to pick-up inside the Adelaide Central Market, or as part of the market’s new drive-through pick up point.
Sparkke at the Whitmore's hot cross doughnuts
Sparkke chef Emma McCaskill is turning out a limited run of 60 cinnamon-dusted hot cross doughnuts each day in the lead up to Easter. Order by 8pm Wednesday for pick-up Thursday or Friday, and 8pm Thursday for pick-up Saturday or Sunday. Call Sparkke on 08 7123 0808 to order (get four for $12 or eight for $20) and add a growler of Sparkke stout (or donate a four-pack to an essential worker) while you're at it.