Today was a good day. I literally woke up bouncing from my bed. It was the annual Flour Market event held at the Collingwood Town Hall in Abbotsford which brings together all the emerging, artisan and underground bakers together. It’s literally a showcase of Melbourne’s speciality baking community. Being such foodies, my better half and I had purchased the early riser tickets a few days earlier where only a lucky few will get the chance to peruse the market at their leisure for up to half an hour before general admissions begin. How exciting to be able to beat the crowd!
We were literally floored with the selection of goodies. There were an array of pastries, pies, tarts, cakes, doughnuts, cronuts, biscuits, scrolls, bread and more. I wish I had taken a few pictures to share with you my experience but I was too ‘caught up in the moment’ that the thought didn’t even cross my mind. I’ll be better prepared next time, I promise.
After sampling what seemed like an illegal amount of goodies, there were some clear favourites. The pork, apple and fennel sausage roll from Pure Pies was undoubtedly the best sausage roll I’ve ever had in Melbourne. The pastry was to die for and the juicy pork filling was nothing short of spectacular. Suffice to say I’ll be visiting their store front in Port Melbourne very soon !
Another favourite were the doughnuts from Cobb Lane ; especially the peanut butter and jelly and salted caramel ones. None of those greasy, overly sweet doughnuts here. Instead the doughnuts were soft and pillowy with fillings that were ever so light and not too sickly sweet.
The Ispahan croissants from Rustica Sourdough is also worth mentioning. Luscious raspberry and rosewater filling encased in a perfectly crisp, golden brown flaky crust. In short we thoroughly enjoyed our first Flour Market experience and will definitely be back next year.
As we arrived home from our food / pastry induced coma, we were greeted by a basket full of lemons perched at our doorstep courtesy of my Italian neighbour. He has been our constant lemon supplier for some time now thanks to his larger – than – life lemon tree and today was no exception.
The first thing that came to my mind were these lemon sour cream cakes that I’ve been wanting to try. The recipe is from BAKE cookbook featuring a compilation of baking recipes from taste.com.au
They are in fact mini sized lemon cakes topped with zingy lemon icing. The cakes are super moist and bursting with lemony goodness. Just remember to glaze the cakes once they are completely cooled as this would avoid the glaze from dripping down the sides of the cakes.
I kept a few for ourselves and gave the rest to my wonderful neighbour and his wife who were more than delighted to have them for tea.