Chocolate cake always brings us back to that scene in Matilda where poor Bruce Bogtrotter was made to eat an entire one in front of all his classmates and although that scene may have been a little traumatising, that was the type of chocolate cake that everyone was crazy about.
It's no lie that French toast is one of our favourite things to make in the kitchen. Spring has just sprung and the berries are beginning to make more of an appearance at the market. The creative ideas are endless and we really wanted to share this blueberry beauty.
So what makes this boulangerie stand out from the others? It is the fact that this boulangerie is STRICTLY focused on breads and viennoiserie. Vasseur is dedicated to this art and has explained that many bakeries nowadays have stopped using old traditions that require more labour and time and as a result, the quality of the crust is compromised.
The grand love affair with pasteis de nata (portuguese custard tarts) had all started with a trip to Portugal six years ago. Bakeries always had these on display and one place that is so often recommended when asking around for things to do in Lisbon is to make a visit to the renowned and much loved Pastéis de Belém.
This little bakery and sit down cafe is tucked away in a little street behind the beautiful hôtel de ville (town hall). As you walk in you instantly feel a sense of being in a nostalgic and rustic tea room. Brown wooden displays of biscuits, escargots and pastries in an array of colours and warm, inviting staff who enjoy sharing about what all the sweets and pastries entail.
The store that houses a true Bordeaux classic “the canelé” can be found in several locations in the south-west (and one in Paris)! You can’t come to Bordeaux and NOT try this local specialty and where better than from the shop that prides itself on making the canelé the heart of their business?
On the busy rue Esquermoise, you will see the equally busy Alex Croquet supplying some of Lille’s most delicious bread. After all, he isn’t called “fou de pain” (crazy about bread) for nothing. Croquet is so crazy about bread that he has declined requests to export it to different regions. Bread is made with love, and just like love, it does not tolerate distance. You’ll just have to venture up to the North if you want to marvel in all its glory!
Lille isn't exactly known for its sunny skies, which is perhaps why these Merveilleux look like such perfect fluffy clouds of goodness to compensate. Aux Merveilleux de Fred opened its first shop in the old cobble stoned district of Lille and is often found teeming with customers who are lured by the smell of fresh cream and meringue.
Honestly, you can not possibly come to Lille and miss one of the oldest chocolate houses in France. With its grandiose facade, its long history and jaw dropping display of cakes, it is bound to capture your curiosity and get you to venture on in. Whether you’re a sweet tooth or not, Meert pâtisserie is one of those iconic institutions worth visiting if you ever find yourself in le nord.
South Yarra almost seems spoilt for choice when it comes down to satisfying a sugar craving and Tivoli Road Bakery is one of those spots you can count on to do just that. Owned and run by husband and wife team Michael and Pippa James, this beautifully fitted out bakery and cafe is known for its fresh artisanal breads, its deliciously sweet morning buns and salted caramel donuts, as well as its simply good Small Batch coffee and cold drip.
Remember those old cookbooks that your Mother and Grandmother had lying around in the kitchen? The kind that included nostalgia inducing recipes for a Classic Victoria Sponge, Strawberry and Cream Gâteau or Butter Cake? I remember one in particular that carried the simple title “The Best of Baking” by Hamlyn publications. I would so often flick through these pages in the kitchen, wondering which delicious cake or biscuits my Mum would bake next.
Sydney based pâtissier Adriano Zumbo and his successful chain of pâtisseries across Sydney had Melbourne sweet-tooths drooling over the news that this enterprise was making its way to their neighbourhood. Zumbo is the real life Willy Wonka. As soon as you walk into the shop, you suddenly feel like you’ve entered an imaginarium of colours, zany flavours and whimsical gateaux that look like intricate ornaments.
This city bakery and cafe has quickly become a popular Melbourne establishment. Just the other week, a few of our readers hurriedly messaged us to tell us that we just had to try this place and explore their baked goods.
A few weeks after Chez Dré opened back in 2011, there had been continuous murmurs, musings and curiosity about its beautifully baked croissants and pastries. Its location is smack bang in the middle of the South Melbourne market buzz where fresh produce, coffee and the vibe of people’s general love for food is just beaming from every street corner.
Who would’ve thought that tucked away in the ‘burbs of Malvern is a pâtisserie like no other. We did a total double take when we saw that glass cabinet populated with pretty little gâteaux all lined up in a row. This was no ordinary everyday cake display.
Early risers, this one’s for you! Nestled among the quiet residential streets of Elwood, at first glance it may appear unassuming, but don’t let the nondescript atmosphere deceive you. Lune Croissanterie has earned a reputation for selling the best, most flaky and perfect croissant in Melbourne - and they’re only around this neck of the woods for two more weeks before they move on up to Fitzroy (see blurb below)!