Baker D. ChiricoMarch 30, 2013
Early this morning I scurried over to Baker D. Chirico’s new shop in Carlton to pick up the half dozen hot cross buns I’d ordered earlier in the week. The bakery was absolutely buzzing with people getting their bready fix, and I was glad I’d ordered ahead because it looked like they were selling out quickly! Brunetti’s up the road was also doing a roaring trade, a long line of bicycles leaning against the windows, and Market Lane’s one-room outpost next door had a big group of people getting coffees to-go.
Baker D. Chirico in Carlton has to be one of the most beautiful foods shops around; with plenty of natural light from the floor to ceiling windows, the curved wooden walls have a very pleasing aesthetic. I especially love how all the pastries and cakes are beautifully laid out on the counter, teasing and beckoning you to partake.
A pleasing stack of hot-crossed buns is visible from the window.
While I was there I just couldn’t go past a loaf of their wholewheat multigrain, and of course some cakes for afternoon tea! Baker D. Chirico is a rare triple threat bakery – great at bread, great at cakes, great at savory lunchy things.
Sometimes when I’m keen to stretch my legs I’ll stroll over from uni and buy myself a roll stuffed with prosciutto and brie, or perhaps a salty pissalidiere with tomato and anchovies.
Everything is also very reasonably priced, given the quality of the produce, and the lovely and extremely friendly girls are all too happy to point out their favourite sweet treats!
Soon afterwards I returned home and we all enjoyed their hot crossed buns with some earl grey tea for breakfast! Baker D. Chirico’s buns recently came equal 4th in Epicure’s taste test, and in my opinion they’re definitely up there with some of the best – a dense, dark and nicely fruity bread with a pleasing amount of spices that have a lingering taste.
Happy Easter everyone!
Hot crossed buns for breakfast, multigrain toast with avocado and dukkah for lunch, and cakes for afternoon tea! What a lovely Saturday this has turned out to be!
A light and flakey mille-feuille was a real treat, especially with a thin layer of raspberry jam in the middle. Dad greatly enjoyed the vanilla syrup tea cake, although my favourite was the plum tart, a sweet farewell to summer’s fruits.
But what would a visit to Baker D. Chirico be without a couple of their famous custard-filled bombolini – such a treat! I highly recommend a visit to either the Carlton or original St Kilda shops of Baker D. Chirico – try out their wares for yourself!
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