Convent Bakery, Abbotsford
The Convent Bakery boasts two impressive woodfired ovens built in 1902 to service the nuns of The Sister’s of Good Shepherd. The vestal virgins are long gone and the space now occupied by a cafe and commercial bakery. We sought heavenly inspiration but instead found the vanilla slices cowering in a corner guiltily. With three layers of dark pastry and not being traditional in form, they were easily overlooked. Happily easily to handle, the pastry although brown, was not at all burnt. The custard blew our socks off. Naughty slices. Revealed was a parsimonious amount of intensely creamy, adults only, brandy flavoured custard reminiscent of a cold, thickened Christmas pudding custard. Topped with icing sugar and pastry crumbs, the filling kept things sweet. Say three ‘Hail Mary’s’, taken with a cup of ‘Sweet Jesus’ tea and a nice little lie down.
¦ Icing ♥♥♥ ¦ Pastry ♥♥ ¦ Custard ♥♥♥½ ¦ Degree of difficulty ♥♥♥♥¦ TOTAL 12.5/20
Convent Bakery Abbotsford Convent, 1 Saint Heliers St, Abbotsford, Vic. Australia. Ph +613 9421 9426