Guys, it is finally cold! Not just mildly-refreshing-autumn-breeze cold, Brisbane is actually cold, and we all know what cold means… cue ALL the winter desserts soon to hit our bellies!
The best restaurants and cafés in Brisbane have taken advantage of the (brief) sub-tropical chill and rolled out a slew of hearty (read: highly calorific) desserts, packed with descriptive textures like, ‘warm’, ‘gooey’, and ‘indulgent’.
In celebration of the winter solstice here are 15 must-eat winter desserts to devour in Brisbane. BYO winter woolies plus an appetite.
Mister Fitz’ Sticky AF Date Pudding
Not a spot usually associated with winter weather, Mister Fitz’ ice cream parlour has released a new range of warming sugary goodness, and we couldn’t be more on board. Their standout is the Sticky AF sticky date pudding; served with vanilla ice cream, rich caramel sauce, and pretzel toppers, this is one winter dessert worth the (empty) calories. They also have some seriously good-looking waffles and toasted marshmallow-topped hot chocolate. Yum.
Electric Avenue's Aged Bananas
Newbie Woolloongabba dining digs, Electric Avenue were quick off the mark with a drinks list and killer dining menu that just won't quit—and their desserts stack up, too! Don't let the name fool you, the 'Aged Bananas' is well worth dipping your spoon in; smashed sesame peanut brittle, paired with burnt banana peel and burnt miso is a wickedly wintery dessert.
The Smug Fig’s Fig Almond & Honey Pudding
Fig almond and honey pudding, apple and rhubarb tart, chocolate caramel fudge brownie: The Smug Fig has all of the wintery goodies and we are eternally grateful. With new, elaborate flavours of French toast each week – this week’s Black Forest flavour looks amazing – The Smug Fig always has something new in store to excite the tastebuds and warm the soul during the cooler months.
Aria's Apple Tart Tartin
Let us be clear; we would put ANYTHING off Aria's incredible new menu on this list. But sometimes, you've got to play favourites. In this case, it's their delectable apple tart tartin with apple sorbet. Just stop it. If wintery feels are what you're after in a dish, stop the hunt: you've only gone and found it.
Madame Rouge’s Crème Brulee
Haven’t checked out Madame Rouge in Fortitude valley get? Oh la la, you must! Madame Rouge has an indulgent French menu all year round, but what is more French or more indulgent than a traditional crème brulee? There is nothing more satisfying than breaking the top of a crème brulee, so enjoy your little morsel of France in the Brisbane chill.
Jocelyn’s Provisions’ Apple Pie
Jocelyn’s has to be one of our favourite bakeries in Brisbane. They always have exactly the type of dessert you are looking for (especially if what you are looking for is some sweet, carby indulgence to shove in your face). And nothing, nothing says winter like a classic apple pie, and gee, does Jocey do a good one. Flakey pastry, soft apple filling… get in our mouth immediately.
Sake's Nihon Nemesis
When it comes to dish creativity and tucking in to the freshest local produce, Sake delivers. Every. Single. Time. Known for their fresh AF sashimi, if you haven't yet made it to the dessert section of the menu (we don't blame you, it's ALL delicious), shame on you! Next time you're in, make sure to order the nihon nemesis: a light-as-air chocolate cake, served with raspberry kanten matcha, raspberry sorbet and crumbled honeycomb. Heavenly.
Chester Street Bakery’s Nutella Lasagne
Chester Street Bakery holds a place close to our
stomach heart. Their winter specials are literally amazing and warm and gooey and just… everything. Our favourite drool-worthy winter dessert on the menu has to be their Nutella Lasagne. Wash that decadence down with their equally rich hot chocolate and the cold will be a distant memory.
The Gunshop Café’s Warm Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake
The Gunshop Café’s warm flourless dark chocolate cake with salted peanut caramel and house made vanilla bean ice cream is simple, sweet, and, of course, utterly delicious. Definitely worth a visit, so get in there before spring.
Beccofino's Frittelle Di Ricotta
Beccofino knows good dessert. This we know to be true. Now that their new winter menu is up and running, you'll find us tucking in to their fired ricotta dumplings stuffed with orange scented custard and served with a marsala and raisin ice cream. Drool...
Bar Alto's Crostata Di Mele
the Italians sure know how to make a bloody delicious dessert, dont they? Bar Alto have shamelessly captured the essence of winter with this incredible take on the humble apple tart, their crostata di mele. A freshly baked, Italian-style apple tart is served with an anise liqueur caramel, milk ice cream and a crunchy walnut crumble. You're welcome...
Cowch’s Large Churro Platter
Of course Cowch, Brisbane’s fave dessert bar, had to make this list. Known for its rich goodies, dig into their large churro platter with a friend (or on your own, we won’t judge) with a side of their deluxe hot chocolate to ward the winter blues away.
Madame Wu’s Steamed Chocolate Bun With Green Tea Ice-Cream
Luxe Asian eatery, Madame Wu has put a new spin on traditional steam buns—and we’re pretty damn excited. Their signature steamed buns are stuffed with rich chocolate, steamed to perfection then paired with green tea ice cream. The perfect hot-to-cold dish bound to sedate any adventurous sweet tooth.
Greenglass’ Weekly Dessert Surprise
Be it their layered vanilla and raspberry entremet with crushed macarons on side, their millefeuille consisting of layered puff pastry, pan-fried apple, meringue, chantilly and vanilla cream, or the biggest crème brulee you’ll ever clap eyes on, French-inspired restaurant Greenglass know what they’re doing when it comes to desserts. With a constantly shifting seasonal menu, Greenglass concocts a new warming dessert every week, pairing the perfect wine with each (could it be more perfect?).
Alfred & Constance's Bombe Alaska
The whole idea of bombe alaska sort of blows our tiny minds: a frozen centre, gooey sauce and a toasted outer shell—science may have gone out the window, but it's still one of the best damn winter desserts out there. Alfred & Constance's version adds a touch of whimsy (which we're totally digging!) with a pink sea salt ice cream centre, melted caramel, devil's food cake, chocolate meringue and drizzled with a hot chocolate sauce. Goodbye, diet. It's been great knowing you...
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Image credit: Hayley Williamson