Taking a trip to Dulwich Hill to purchase some sausages from Eumundi Smokehouse a while back, I figured I may as well make the most out of the trip. Fernandes Patisserie is an oft raved about little patisserie that sits on the Dulwich Hill side of Marrickville road, a street spoiled for food choices. I had been told that the cakes are delicious and the prices dangerously reasonable.
There are no signs explaining what the cakes are or the prices but the young woman behind the counter is helpful in explaining what each of them are. Alas they sold out of their Portuguese custard tarts at 1pm so we aren't able to try those. I select four unusual looking cakes and she helpfully writes out the description for me. I pay a princely sum of $6.50 for all of them (don't you just love those prices) and scamper off with my box of cakes. They're luscious looking beauties and I lament the fact that I have to wait until after dinner to try them as the sweet smell is indeed alluring.
After dinner we rush home to try them. The horseshoe double sponge with custard is tried first. Its wonderfully soft and coconutty with a sponge bread cake on the bottom but a sticky egg custard glaze on top. Its soft and melts in the mouth, reminiscent of those Chinatown soft coconutty cocktail buns. This is Blythe's favourite and she appropriates the rest for later consumption.
The long triangular slice is next, its a generous serve of sweet pumpkin and almond meal slice which is beautifully moist and topped with a crunchy meringue type topping dusted with icing sugar. I adore this one, it reminds me of those middle eastern orange cakes which is moist and heavy and moreish.
The chocolate pyramid is next, its soft, moist and rich, like a moist rum ball filling without the rum with perhaps a touch of raspberry in it. Very good and every little morsel of this goes down a treat.
The last but not least is the Sweet potato biscuit, also soft and moist, it has a distinct orange rind/ marmaladey flavour to it which is a wonderful accent to the mild sweet potato.
Sigh, they were delicious, we will be back. For these and more sausages of course.
P.S. It might be advisable to ring ahead if you're making a special trip there as they are sometimes closed for holidays
516 Marrickville Road, Marrickville.
Tel: 9568 2114.
Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-8pm, Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 8am-1pm.