Now I don’t know about you but I am a sucker for decadent desserts…and Chester Street Bakery and Bar has every craving covered with their latest late night dessert menu. I had been eyeballing off the deliciousness on Instagram for a while but hadn’t yet had the chance to go and try. So when I was invited as a guest I snaffled up the opportunity!
I arrived at Chester Street Bakery and Bar on a slightly chilly evening and was immediately scanning the options for something warming. Together with one of my fellow desserts inclined girlfriends we were able to choose four desserts between the two of us to share. It was like being a little kid again, being told by mum you could have your pick of colourful pastries from behind the bakery’s glass cabinet.
Glancing over the menu though and it was a tough decision – with choices like Waffles with Candied Bacon, Snickers Cheesecake and Sticky Date Pudding there was something to satisfy all types of sweet tooth. I knew though that I definitely wanted to tuck into the Warm Apple Pie with Chantilly cream and Apple Caramel Sauce (nothing beats pie on a cold night!). The Peanut Butter and Jelly also caught my fancy (but of course, I am a peanut butter addict after all) which was a peanut butter blondie served with ‘jelly’ ice cream and hot chocolate sauce. We also decided we couldn’t go past their signature Chocolate Fondant with Malted Ice Cream and Ovaltine Crunch and after hearing that the Crepes with Lemon Curd and Vanilla Ice Cream were the favourite of head food and recipe consultant Jocelyn Hancock, we would have been foolish not to get it to try.
The first dish I dived into was the Apple Pie. With its flakey pastry shell and and melting ice cream it looked like a handwoven basket filled with the promise of apples and it smelt heavenly. Cutting into the pastry and peering into the fruity middle reminded me of striping back layers of paper bark. Ensuring that there was a blob of cream and sticky caramel sauce on the spoon with the buttery pastry and cinnamon spiced apple cubes, I devoured mouthful after delicious mouthful. It was warming and familiar yet with a twist.
Next I decided to stay on the fruity theme and delve into the Lemon Curd Crepes. Wow. The tangy-sweet curd oozed out of the layers of soft, thin crepe as I sliced a wedge and folded it over my fork with some of the creamy ice cream. It was a classic and reminded me a little of the crepes sold on the streets of Paris.
Moving quickly onto the Molten Fondant (I wanted to ensure it didn’t loose it’s warm goodness) we took pleasure it cutting it right down the middle and watching the liquid chocolate middle seep out like lava. Gathering some of the perfectly cooked cake and gooey middle onto the spoon with a touch of the malted ice cream, I then placed a small round ovaltine crisp (which looked like a mini moon rock out of a children’s book) onto the middle of the spoon and popped it into my mouth. Hello dessert Nirvana! With rich notes of sweet cacao and creaminess from the ice cream as well as the contrast of liquid chocolate with crunchy ovaltines, it was hot yet cold and crispy yet melt-in-your-mouth all at once. Talk about sensory sensation!
Finally it was time for the Peanut Butter and Jelly. This dish I had been wanting to try for a while and the call of the peanut butter blondie was too great to resist a moment longer. Sinking my spoon into the side and cutting away a generous chunk it was soft and chewy with the slightest crisp to the edges – the perfect brownie texture! With nutty sweet flavours the “jam” raspberry swirl ice cream was the perfect accompaniment, providing a hint of fruitiness. The finishing touch? Hot chocolate sauce and a shard of toffee that provided both crunch and something to slather the blondie with alongside the ice cream. It really was like eating pb & j! Only in dessert form. And better.
Each of the four epic desserts we tried and tasted certainly tantalised the tastebuds and cements Chester Street onto the must try list for sweet treats and desserts! With super convenient opening hours as well as serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner AND all day pastries, cakes, breads and heavenly freshly baked goodies 7 days a week you can drop by for your weekly loaf and sneak a dessert in for your efforts.
I certainly can’t wait to head back to try their latest breakfast menu now offered on weekdays and I certainly know where the next work birthday cake will be sourced from…many thanks again Lucid Media!
What’s your favourite sweet treat or dessert from Chester Street?