Life without pastries is a terrible thing. Fortunately, living near Carlton, I’m never short of places to acquire sugar and butter to keep myself from weeping over the Melbourne cold. Last Sunday I ventured over to West Brunswick to visit The Village Bakery, led by the mutterings on Urbanspoon which sang praises about the cakes, tarts and donuts on offer.
The Village Bakery has a frontage that you could easily just pass-by. However, to do so without purchasing some sweet treats or a freshly baked loaf of bread would be a huge mistake. The interior is charming, with cohorts of bread pouring over the counter and a constant flow of early morning patrons ooh-ing and ahh-ing and deciding what to choose from the expansive selection. Despite as pointing at each shiny sugary treat and asking “ and what is this?” the friendly girl serving me was happy to spout off the fillings of the donuts, the contents of the cakes and the types of croissant on offer. I left the bakery with a box containing four treats to share.
First to be gorged upon was a large flakey croissant. The croissant was airy with a crisp outer crust, best served with a cheeky slice of smoked cheese and toasted momentarily under a hot filament with a freshly brewed coffee. Sunday morning bliss.
A lemon tart had my name on it. Playful tangy lemon centre encased in a soft buttery shell – this was devoured in two enthusiastic bites. It was the perfect balance between sweet and tart.
I also chose a custard filled donut. Thick, sweet custard injected into a soft donut doused with sugar. At a paltry $2.40, I couldn’t resist buying a jam donut to relive my primary schools day of having bright red jam and sugar smothered around my mouth in the afternoon pretending to be the Joker.
Buy a donut filled with thick, creamy custard from The Village Bakery and die happy.