5 Ways To Pimp Your Hot Cross Bun

Despite the fact they landed on shelves around Australia three months in advance, hot cross buns are (almost) everyone’s guilty pleasure. But sometimes the old faithful ‘toasted with a smear of butter’ can get a little boring. So i’ve come up with a few alternative ways to enjoy your festive, fruity bun.

#1 Ice-cream Sandwich

If you’re a smart shopper that tends to avoid the ‘naughty’ isles where temptation looms then you probably aren’t aware that Coles now sell their own brand of ‘frozen custard ice cream’, the perfect addition to a hot cross bun ice cream sandwich. Simply halve the hot cross bun, toast under the hot grill, add a few scoops of the custard ice cream and top with the remaining half. If you’re feeling super fancy, melt a few squares of chocolate and drizzle over the top.

#2 Creme Egg Surprise

If Cadbury’s Creme Egg’s are your favourite chocolate at Easter, then you’ll love this combo. Fire up your sandwich press and slice your hot cross bun in half with a coating of butter around the outside. Place the bottom half of the bun on the sandwich press, a creme egg in the centre and the remaining half on top. Close the sandwich press and watch the sugary egg ooze all over the bun.

#3 French Toast Twist

If your’e searching for the perfect Easter Monday breakfast idea, this is it. Whisk together 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons of milk and some orange zest and soak the hot cross bun halves in the mixture. Heat a non-stick frying pan, add a knob of butter and fry each half for about 1-2 minutes each side. Remove from heat, plate them up and top them off with some creme fraiche and a drizzle of maple syrup.

#4 A Savoury Delight

Sometimes (not often) we simply can’t do sweet. So i’ve come up with an alternative way to enjoy your Easter treat that won’t give you a sugar rush. Simply cut open your fruity bun, add a few slices of unsmoked streaky bacon and some mature cheddar cheese then toast. Lunch at your work desk never smelt so good.

#5 Bread & Butter Pudding

This one requires a recipe and a bit of time, but it’s totally worth it – especially if your pantry is full of discounted hot cross buns you managed to snag the day before Good Friday. Using chocolate hot cross buns, celebrity chef Nadia Lim has created one crazy good bread and butter pudding that you won’t be able to stop eating. Check out the recipe here.

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Tried & Tested Snacks: February Edition

With new products on the market almost every week, it can be overwhelmingly difficult to decide which to try first. To help make the decision process slightly easier, i’ve tried and tested five products this month, find the verdict below.


1. Mars Frozen M&M’s Peanut Sticks

It’s about time Mars brought out a frozen version of their best-selling chocolate. These individually wrapped ice-cream bars contain a creamy milk chocolate ice-cream encased in a hard-chocolate outer layer with crushed m&m shell throughout with the perfect hint of peanut butter.

Verdict: So good I could eat the whole four.

Where to find: Woolworths & Coles freezer isle.

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2. Gelato Messina Tim Tams: Ice Coffee

Australian biscuit brand Arnott’s have collaborated with Gelato Messina for their second Tim Tam range. This time the concept behind the three flavours was to store them in the fridge and eat them cold. The flavours included Choc Cherry Coconut, Iced Coffee and Turkish Delight.

Verdict: Personally I’m a Tim Tam Slam fan, so eating my Tim Tams straight out of the fridge was entering new territory. That said, the flavours were pretty true to their name. Ice coffee was hands down the crowd favourite.

Where to find: Woolworths & Coles biscuit isle.

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3. Salted Caramel Almond Milk

Australia’s Own Foods Salted Caramel Almond Milk is nutty, sweet and (slightly) salty all at once. It slides down your throat with ease, exciting even the bleakest of taste buds. Best enjoyed ice cold.

Verdict: Free from gluten, dairy and soy, you’d be surprised at how good this milk tastes. Get creative and add it to a smoothie. Breakfast never sounded so good.

Where to find: IGA & Specialty Food Stores.

 

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4. Fantastic Rice Mini’s

For an alternative to Arnott’s Shapes, these mini rice wheels are the perfect bite-sized snack. Flavours include Chicken, Honey & Soy or Chilli Salt & Pepper. For a mini wheel of rice, the flavour sure does pack a punch, and the texture is almost Twistie-like, making them hard to put down. Arguably Honey & Soy was my favourite of the two, although the Chicken was a close first. 

Verdict: Ate the entire box on the car ride home from Woolworths.

Where to find: Woolworths biscuit isle.

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5. The Golden Gaytime Sanga

Ditching the stick, the Golden Gaytime has been transformed into the most epic ice cream sandwich you’ll want to get your hands on ASAP. It boasts a sweet carmel-ey honey cream on the inside, and a classic biscuit cover on the outside. The biscuit has been ramped up by ‘improved crumb technology’, with a higher crumb density, so your tastebuds may go into serious shock.

Verdict: This is one serious game-changer in the ice-cream department. The perfect balance of ice cream and biscuit, I don’t know why you’re still reading this and not getting your hands on one.

Where to find: IGA freezer isle.

 

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Where To Find Perth’s Best Continental Rolls

If you haven’t had the pleasure of sinking your teeth into a crunchy, crumbly roll filled with cured meats and assorted cheeses, then you’re seriously missing out. Luckily I know where to find Perth’s Best, so you can ditch that soggy old sandwich.

The Re Store

I would suggest walking into the Re-Store with an empty stomach and a full wallet, because this Italian delicatessen has the largest selection of European goods around Perth. Grab a ticket and join the queue to be served by one of the friendly Italian mumma’s behind the counter. Once you’ve got your $8 roll filled with Proscuitto, Salami, Cheese and Antipasto mix, have a stroll through the store and pick up a pack of their freshly baked Crostoli – one packet will have you hooked.

231 Oxford St, Leederville

Scutti

Pretty much everything that’s loaded into your continental roll is fresh local produce, so it’s no wonder this place packs in a crowd on a Saturday afternoon. Go in for a continental roll and walk out with olives, cheeses and a basket full of fruit and veg. Their Kangaroo Salami is also highly notable, if you’re into that kind of thing.

67 Angelo St, South Perth 

Charlie’s Fresh Food Market

At Charlie’s you can have your continental roll (and eat it too). Once you’ve had arguably one of the best continental rolls around town, grab a trolley and go crazy on the produce. From fresh pasta to meats, olives, pickled veg, biscuits and Italian cakes, there’s nothing you can’t find here.

497 Walter Rd E, Morley 

Passione

If you’ve ever wanted to visit Italy for the food, take a trip to Kingsley and check out Passione. From the hanging salami to the home made foods, it’s practically Italy in Perth. The family run shop offers up seriously over-sized continental rolls, because Europeans don’t do ‘small’ sized anything. And if you’re planning on going in just to ‘browse’, think again.

107 Kingsley Dr, Kingsley

Lo Presti And Son

Besides the fact you can find everything to make the perfect antipasto board here, their continental roll game is insanely strong. With extra’s like artichoke or fresh chilli, you’ll never want a packed lunch again. And if the cheese selection is too overwhelming for you, the staff here are really good at helping you take home half the shop.

170 Canning Highway East Fremantle

 

Looking for cheesy lunch ideas? Check out Perth’s Best Grilled Cheese

Flora & Fauna’s New Menu Has Dropped

Pretty dishes are all the hype at this hole-in-the-wall cafe.

Nestled in one of Perth’s few laneways just off Aberdeen street, Flora & Fauna serves up some of the prettiest dishes our city has to offer. After opening their doors only a few short years ago, the tiny cafe has acquired quite the large following. And they’ve got something for everyone.

Serving up Micrology coffee from the Perth-based roasters as well as fresh-pressed juices and a range of fine teas, your thirst is sure to be quenched. But the real winner here is the all-day brunch menu, which now includes vegan waffles (don’t knock them until you try them). Topped with Canadian maple syrup, vegan chocolate mousse and dozens of edible flowers, they’re they perfect guilt-free sweet treat.

For the regulars, the banana bread is still very much available (and still just as good), but sadly the smashed avo on turkish bread has been replaced with a beetroot and hummus number – same same but different. Other menu items include the classic apple crumble topped with oats, and the slow-cooked beans (with a side of organic multigrain bread).

Don’t forget to check out the daily selection of sweet treats inside, if you’re lucky enough to visit on a day she’s baked her famous choc chunk cookies, make sure you grab a few for the road.

For more details and drool-worthy images, check out their Facebook page.

 

 

Tre Amici

While it may take two to tango, everyone knows good things come in three’s, and Tre Amici is certainly no exception.

This three course, three venue deal is the perfect mid-week pick-me-up.

Head over to No Maffia to kick off the night and be seated by a small Italian waitress. The deal is pretty simple, at No Maffia choose your poision (house wine, larger or an Italian soft drink) and enjoy a few light entree’s to start. If you’re up for it order yourself an extra side or drink for a mere $5 – but keep in mind the mains at Franco Forte are sizeable.

Once you’ve thrown back a few house wines and paid your $35, take yourself and your Tre Amici stamp card over to Franco Forte and pray there’s no wait to be seated. There’s four main pasta dishes to choose from, but if you really can’t surpass the Kale Pesto, you may just have to cop the additional $5 (totally worth it!!).

By now i’m sure you’ve undone that top button on your jeans, but save a little room for some freshly churned Lavender and Honeycomb ice cream from Chi Cho Gelato. This ice cream shop has some of the best scoops around Perth- think buttery popcorn and salted caramel.

In case you needed another excuse to get out of cooking dinner, take a friend and try out Tre Amici this week. Remember the deal is only on a Monday to Thursday, and is cash only!