If you’ve left it too late to do your Christmas baking then help may be at hand!
For Christmas puddings
This year RSPCA are doing some fantastic puddings and cakes for Christmas with proceeds going towards helping animals across Victoria. The puddings are handmade in Australia by Pudding Lane, an award-winning bakery and the team behind Jamie Oliver’s Christmas puddings. They were recently voted as Australia’s No.1 Christmas pudding by Good Food (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age).
These puds use 100% Australian Vine Fruits, fresh butter, fresh local Free Range eggs, fresh bread, matured Brandy from the famous Barossa Valley, and are combined by hand. A 1kg pudding will feed 6-8 people.
While it is too late to place an order online in time for Christmas you can buy your pudding from RSPCA Victoria who are located at 3 Burwood Highway, Burwood East.
For mince pies / mince tarts
Bakers Delight (National) – These are surprisingly good given the price, especially the biscuit-style crumbly pastry. They are made fresh every day and if you’re lucky you can get a warm one straight out of the oven.
Baker d Chirico (Carlton/St Kilda) – One year I did a mince pie tasting and Baker d Chirico‘s version came out on top. These are gourmet – large tarts with a lid with a juicy, flavourful filling and cost $3.50 each. You should also go to Baker d Chirico for the best panettone in Melbourne. The reason? They are made fresh with no preservatives and include housemade candied fruits, free range eggs and organic butter. Many of the Italian/imported panettone can’t compete purely because they are made months ahead with preservatives so that they can last till Christmas.
For chocolates and sweets
Ganache (South Yarra/CBD) – My favourite chocolate shop, run by a Master Chocolatier. Unlike supermarket chocolate (the horror) or even some of the bigger gourmet chocolatiers, every item is made by hand in their kitchen in South Yarra and turnover is high so you know the products are fresh. Chocolates mass-produced in a factory just aren’t the same.
Have a wonderful Christmas/New Year break – the blog will be back in 2014!