I've been following Ja's blog for awhile now. I've never actually met her in person although she's told me that she's seen me walking down the street near my work (but it happened to be a rainy night and my focus was probably on getting to the station so I didn't see her). Our story goes quite a fair way back and these days, I call her my twin stomach. There's been numerous times now where we've blogged about the same places or the same foods within the week of each other and these are not just your average places, even our bookings for Tetsuya happened within a week of each other. It's quite bizarre!
Anyway, she posted on her blog recently that she was working at SWEETNESS - The Patisserie in Epping and after a handful of messages on facebook, I said I'd visit her on the Saturday that she was working. Unfortunately, her shift got changed to the Sunday at the last minute so didn't actually get to meet the girl that I'm calling my twin stomach. Hopefully I'll get to meet you soon Ja!
You'll find parking just outside the shop. The shop isn't all that big. There's a display in the front window; to the left is a bookshelf housing packaged biscuits, toffees, jellies; in front of you is the counter with an assortment of fresh-baked pastries including muffins, tarts, rocky road, florentines, brownies; and finally to the right is the register, the shelf housing all the packaged marshmallows and a handful of books belonging to the chef (I noticed a few that were also on my bookshelf at home!) The majority of the shop is actually made up of the kitchen which is sparkling clean!
As tempting as it was to take one of everything, I only took home a small selection (all the more reason to head back there again soon). Here is the banana streusel muffin ($3.50), chocolate brownie ($2.50), pack of 12 mini biscuits ($7.50) and finally their famous mini marshmallows 150g ($8.00). Mum did express a gasp of shock when I told her how much the biscuits and marshmallows were. They are tasty though!
I actually had the muffin the next morning (microwaved it for about 20 seconds and then in the mini oven for another 5 minutes - the muffin was warm throughout and the streusal topping resumed it's slight crunchiness!)
I highly recommend both the muffin and the chocolate brownie. Both were great and after eating the brownie, I was inspired to bake my own! Post to follow. The marshmallows are so soft, I'm not sure if you can even get a marshmallow softer than these ones but these ended up a little too sweet for my liking. The biscuits, whilst pretty were very average and I wish I'd spent this money on a handful of florentines that were on the counter (another of my loves!)
Whilst at the register, I spotted a handful of loaves that were in the kitchen. Asked the girl that was serving me and she said they were $10. Spoke to Ja who has highly recommended these so I've got that on the agenda for my next trip!