OK, Spotswood - sharing is caring. Welcome to Candied, Spotty's new secret sweet spot!
This is a divine little bakery/cafe by Toula and Orlando, formerly of East Brunswick's Sugardough. Sidle up to the cool concrete counter and you'll see a hive of activity out the back as luscious pies, croissants and cookies come to life.
The angle is Aussie bakery with Euro flair and an American twist. There's inspiration from New York's Momofuku Milk Bar with "crusty brownie pie", wodges of dangerously dark brownie goodness with a salted pretzel crust. More pie madness ensues with the apple pie shake - a piece of Mom's finest blended with milk till sippable!
And continuing the western suburbs' love affair with donuts, Candied offer these pleasure bombs filled with smooth American-style jelly or zuppa Inglese,
Beef pie, $5.60
Try pies like egg and bacon, silverbeet and cheese or good ole beef. With house-made pastry and Toula's homemade tomato sauce, it's a totally awesome reincarnation of a much maligned Aussie classic.
Like North Melbourne's Beatrix, Candied are really proud of their commitment to their suppliers. I love this trend - it makes me feel part of a continuum linking producer, provider and patron. (And yes, I've seen the Portlandia sketch and I LOVE IT - you should watch it too!)
But lest we all take ourselves too seriously, get stuck into Candied's ker-azee soft serve, like this gorgeous banofee flavour made with real bananas and house-made caramel sauce. Oh yeah!! Flavours change regularly - check back for condensed milk, Milo and even peanut butter and jelly!
Candied is a bakery so there aren't loads of tables and chairs. Grab a spot at the communal table, or park yourself on this low bench along one wall. Leaning against the cool bricks, great coffee in your lap, it's actually strangely relaxing.
...and don't forget bread to go. Lastly, if you want a super hot tip, put an order in for blue cheese croissants. They're taking a sojourn from the menu but Orlando's happy to make them for you if you call ahead. I'm not into blue cheese on its own at all, but these croissants are absolute corkers - the light sprinkle of blue goes deliciously crusty against all that buttery, flaky goodness, making a savoury flavour bomb that's totally irresistible.
81A Hudsons Road, Spotswood
Phone: 9391 1335
Hours: Wed-Sat 7.30am-4pm, Sun 8am-4pm