Modern Day Bakery, Daylesford
In a provincial Spa Town, two bakeries vie for trade. One is saucy looking, like a French maid bending over a tray of delicacies. The other is large and frumpy, like a mustachioed great aunt, whose house has been furnished with Bingo prizes. The frumpy matron, deceptively named Modern Day Bakery, offered two Vanilla Slices: Passionfruit (with seeds) and French Vanilla. We chose to rate the latter for consistency, but the icing on the former was excellent in flavour and texture. The Custard was a revelation, the best so far – thick, sweet and eggy, yellow from bright fresh yolks and sliceable with a fork. The thicker than average pastry was slightly savoury, balancing the flavours. It held the lot together when consumed with the hands and the thick layer of icing sugar complemented the satisfied patron with a rakish white mustache. No bells and whistles required, for this is a traditional Aussie Vanilla Slice.
¦ Icing ♥♥♥♥¦ Pastry ♥♥♥♥½ ¦ Custard ♥♥♥♥½ ¦ Degree of difficulty ♥♥♥♥¦ 17/20
ModernDay Bakery 69 Vincent Street, Daylesford, Vic.Australia. Ph +613 5348 2714