Friday, 15 November 2013

rustica sourdough, fitzroy: breads, cronuts, award-winning tart!

After stumbling upon Rustica Sourdough (402 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) many months ago, Simon and I quickly adopted it as our local bakery. I've posted about our happy discovery of their fig and fennel ficelle earlier this year, and ever since then we've continued to make more happy discoveries.

Take, for example, their roasted pumpkin bread, a supremely soft and fluffy semi-sourdough creation with plump and crunchy pumpkin seeds flanking the exterior.

Pumpkin bloomer, $6.20.

The sourdough rosemary and vine fruit loaf was quite small and expensive, but it was also incredibly generous with juicy raisins/sultanas. The fragrant, savoury touch of rosemary made it just that little bit more special and interesting.

Vine fruit and rosemary loaf, $6.75.

Then we have the cronuts (yes, you can find cronuts in Melbourne these days - yay!), which I would describe as doughnut-shaped flaky layered pastry. Despite their deep-fried nature, they felt pleasantly light on grease. I was impressed with the lemon curd cronut with its pretty balance of acidity and sweetness. The custard and jam cronut came second in terms of my preferences, but it was enjoyable too.

Lemon curd cronut, $4.20.

Jam and custard cronut, $4.20.

But if there is one thing with which I am absolutely and utterly in love, it is their passionfruit tart. I first purchased this thanks to a staff recommendation. It lived up to her exaltations, and then some. The passionfruit curd was beautifully intense, and together with the buttery shortcrust, this is a sexy treat that disappears fast. I was not surprised when it later took out a major award for Best Victorian Product at the 2013 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards.

The award-winning passionfruit tart, $5.90.

We've also visited Rustica Sourdough in the evening, once. They started serving fancy-rustic pastas and burgers for dinner in August, however it seems that they've now decided to scale back and just open weekend nights for nibbles and drinks. Oh well. We did quite enjoy it that one time!

Meanwhile, there are still so many lovely baked goods I'm yet to try. I'm thinking my next bite will be of one of their intriguing chocolate violet crumble tarts...

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14 comments:

  1. Those breads look gorgeous. A good bakery is such a treat!

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    1. Very much so! I don't actually buy bread often so when I do, I want it to be great quality.

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  2. I've got a huge case of food envy here right now. I do adore the cronut - but that pumpkin bread looks pretty incredible.

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    1. I do adore the pumpkin loaf - it's a bread that's so soft and fluffy yet feels wholesome and healthy too.

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  3. I love that pumpkin bread! I really need to go back and try more of their stuff.

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    1. Yeah I want to try more, too! Every time I go, I see different enticing things calling out to me from the counter display.

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  4. Aaaah yes. I'd definitely take the passionfruit tart over cronuts any day

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    1. That passionfruit tart really is fabulous.

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  5. it's posts like this that make me wish i lived in melbourne! YUM!!! i have supreme bakery envy, leaf.

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    1. I am indeed quite lucky to have convenient access to lovely places like this! :D

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  6. Another Hidden gem I haven't heard about in Melbourne gosh seriously too many places :) Thanks for blogging about it! WIll need to go :)

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    1. Yeah I think this place should have enough pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth! ;)

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