Cronut hunt: Saigon Southland Hot Bake

Immediately upon leaving the Italian Continental bakery, I admitted to TimmyC that I lied. I didn’t just want to go to one bakery I really wanted to go to two and since we were in the area, why not? I scuttled over to Saigon Southland Hot Bake before he could protest.20140616-180319-64999917.jpgOh good, I wasn’t too late to get one, there were still plenty there and they have more flavours than I’m used to.20140616-180321-65001338.jpgThe bread rolls looked nice and fresh (at bargain prices!) while in contrast all the iced cookies and meringues in the cabinet looked like they were weeks old and they were dry and cracking. Without being too greedy this time, I stayed on course and only got what I came for. One cronut. This time we got a salted caramel flavour.

Salted caramel cronut ($3.50). The texture was more true to a cronut but the icing was like what you would normally find on a cheap vanilla slice and that ruined it for me. The caramel on top was more of a light flavouring and didn’t really meld into the cronut, I think they just treated it like an iced doughnut.20140616-180322-65002729.jpg20140616-180324-65004247.jpgMaybe slightly better than the cronut I had at the Italian Continental bakery because of the texture, but out of all the ones I’ve had in Canberra so far, the one from Ricardo’s is still the best (although there are still some others I’m yet to try).

Venue: Saigon Southland Hot Bake

Address: 1 Heard St, Mawson ACT 2607

Phone: (02) 6286 5277

Cronut hunt: Italian Continental bakery

I always knew that the Italian Continental bakery existed but I never went in for when I make the effort to bustle my way through Mawson, it was always for Bruno’s cannoli. This time I was specifically here for one thing: Italian Continental bakery’s cronuts. They had renovated since I’ve last snuck a peek and there were many people inside to get away from the cold and get their fill of Italian sweets.

I made TimmyC line up as I went to inspect the long cake cabinet. Tarts, profiteroles, eclairs, cannolis and there it was… Cronuts! They had two flavours that morning: chocolate and vanilla, we opted for vanilla although I was hoping for salted caramel, but while we were getting served we couldn’t resist also getting an eclair and baked cannoli. I didn’t really pay attention to how much everything was, all I know is that it came to $9.80 and I handed my money over like a zombie as I continued to stare into their cake display.

I was on the hunt for pastry this morning and I couldn’t make up my mind. Small eclair, baked cannoli and a vanilla cronut #italiancontinentalbakery #canberra #cbr #mawson #food #foodie #foodblog #cronut #sweets #dessert 20140615-203434-74074179.jpgI was pleasantly surprised to find that the eclair’s choux pastry wasn’t stale (you don’t know how many times I’ve bought a stale one), although we wished that the filling was more creamy rather than a thick-ish custard. The cannolo (apparently that is the singular) was really good, I much prefer the outside to be pastry rather than the heavy ‘donut like’ kind, although they do sell both kinds. The filling was creamy and vanillary. The much sort after cronut itself was a bit of a let down, the texture was more of a donut rather than a cronut (see what the layers should look like here) and the flavour could have been stronger.

I might not rush back for their cronuts but I did like their cannoli and cafe area to want to come back and explore a bit more.

Venue: Italian Continental Bakery & Cafe

AddressThe Southlands House, Mawson Pl, Mawson, ACT 

Phone: (02) 6286 1085

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