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An Australian First: Hot Cross Bun Benedict

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Hop In For Easter Inspired Dishes

Easter is always a special time of year and Chapter IV cafe at Paddington in Brisbane is making this year's holiday all the more memorable with a breathtaking selection of creative and unique Easter menu options.

The Easter menu features that traditional holiday staple, the Hot Cross Bun, which has been given a tasty, and modern twist. In an Australian first, Chapter IV is offering a Hot Cross Bun Benedict. I dropped by the cafe, located in the bustling shopping district, just 3kms from the CBD to sample these new additions.

The Australian First Hot Cross Bun Benedict

Chapter IV has taken the iconic breakfast favourite, Eggs Benedict and infused it with an Easter flavour.

Chef Michael has passionately created the Hot Cross Bun Benedict featuring sticky BBQ pork, soft poached eggs, fresh spinach and caramelised apple with an apple cider hollandaise held together by a warm sage and caramelised onion hot cross bun. The buns are baked onsite and feature the traditional cross markings minus the fruit and sugars.

The combination of flavours are intoxicating and the elements work well together. The creamy hollandaise sauce effortlessly slides over the two delicate and oozing poached eggs and the apple cider adds a slight tang to the dish. The sliced apple was a big surprise, bringing extra sweetness and freshness to the dish. Yum! At $17.50, the Hot Cross Bun Benedict is a delightful variation on a classic and good value for money.

Cross Cakes
After the somewhat healthy eggs benny, there's always room for something sweet, right? Well, for the brave, look out for the Chapter IVs' Cross Cakes. Is there anything better than combining the smoothness of rich chocolate with the dreaminess of freshly baked hot cross buns? I don't think so. It's no wonder Chapter IVs' cross cakes have become an instant wow and Instagram favourite with its sweet, chocolate overload and definitely falls in the naughty but nice category.

Let me describe it to you. Try mixing luscious, indulgent and decadent Cross Cakes, with warm cinnamon, ginger, ricotta and currant hotcakes drizzled with a crème egg filling, layered with milk chocolate ganache plus a giant crème egg perfectly placed on a bed of chocolate soil. I'm not joking. It's like a chocolate Easter egg hunt on a plate. They were clever, cheeky, and flavoursome.

The history of hot cross buns
With hot cross buns being the foundation and inspiration of these dishes, it got me wondering who do we have to thank for introducing us to this Easter must-have. While the origin of this simple yet tasty fruit bun is debatable, they are steeped in religious history. You will notice that each bun is decorated with a cross made from flour paste to symbolise the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and representing the cross on which Christ died.

The spices in hot cross buns are said to represent the spices which were used to embalm Christ after his death. Some believe that the buns originated in the 14th century when an Anglican monk baked the buns at St Albans Abbey and called them the 'Alban Bun'.

About Chapter IV
If you are keen to try for yourself, make your way to Latrobe Terrace in Paddington's bustling cafe district, parallel to the famous Antique and Retro Centre. Having opened in late 2015, Chapter IVs' name reflects owner Alyssa Phadungkiat's 4th hospitality establishment, having also been the business brains behind Brisbane foodie favourites including Thai restaurant Phat Elephant and The Hamptons at Hendra.

Outside Chapter IV

Its aim is to take accessible food and make tasty dishes. Chapter IV has 3 seating areas- curbside (with brown french styled wicker chairs), inside and out on the rear deck with some of the best views of the Brisbane CBD. A dedicated children's play area with faux grass, safety gates and toys make sure the little ones are well occupied and happy.

So if you are looking to indulge in culinary difference this holiday season, be sure to hop in early, to sample Chapter IVs' limited edition range of Easter creations. Chapter IV is open from 7:00-2:30 daily.
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Why? Hope In For Special Easter Dishes
When: 7:00-2:30
Phone: 3367 1285
Where: 180 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
Cost: $17.50 for hot cross bun benedict
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Looks better than it sounds Gillian.
by May Cross (score: 3|6912) 475 days ago
Great pics!
by Michael Genrich (score: 3|1652) 475 days ago
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