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My husband loves a good tart. There's a particular street corner in Sydney where you're guaranteed to score yourself the prettiest, sweetest tarts you've ever had. That's right my friends, I'm talking about the one and only Bourke Street Bakery. (Actually... not a one and only anymore. They're popping up all over the place, including Marrickville - our old stomping ground). Oh, how we miss that place. Paddy and I went there so often it started to become a little embarrassing. In the end we decided we'd take turns at going in alone, to try and make our visits look less frequent... more occasional. Every second day didn't look AS bad, right? I don't think it worked... they were on to us.

If they hadn't released a recipe book, I dare say we'd still be in Sydney. The fact that we could at least attempt to recreate these treats at home was the deal breaker. At least we had the recipes in hand. It was safe to leave.

A few weeks ago, Paddy tuned our humble little kitchen into the Townsville branch for a day. Ginger brûlée and chocolate mousse tarts. Our favourite! Good thing the recipe quantities make batches of twenty. Forty tarts*... just a quiet afternoon tea for two.

Buy the book here or here. Alternatively, I found the ginger brûlée recipe online, but I couldn't find a reliable recipe for the chocolate mousse tart (if you email me, I can send you a copy). Enjoy! And if you're in Sydney, do pop in to your local Bourke Street Bakery and tell them I said hi.

* Okay, I lie. We halved the recipe. But still! (I don't like the truth to get in the way of a good story).
 Top image via www.bourkestreetbakery.com.au.

18 comments :

  1. Holy SHIZ they look good!

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  2. hhhmmmm, not a good thing to post. i'm trying to cut down on the chocolate intake.

    they look real good claire...so does your kitchen x

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  3. Oh my, they look delish! Darn it all, I'm trying to be good with my food, now my belly's rumbling! Hehe!
    Rach x

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  4. Holy SHIT! my fave place in the UNIVERSE! Not only because of the tarts but also because its just around the corner from the Brett Whitely studio! Double. Whammy. Every time I took a group of senior students to the studio we would stop there first, get in line and scoff.

    My reasons for loving you just keep growing Claire, and so does my rump.

    xo em

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  5. p.s i know what im getting Dave for fathers day!

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  6. My goodness, they do look good! Another cookbook to add to the list :)

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  7. Um, i'm with Jodi. Trying to be good n healthy and you post this! Ben and I watched a program at the weekend called The Great British Bake Off and it was all about tarts, so as if I wasn't craving one enough... xx

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  8. These look dangerously delicious and I bet are so moreish it would be hard to stop at one :)

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  9. a dribble of saliva actually just ran out of my mouth!!!!!!!! I think I NEED this book...or a trip to Sydney very soon

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  10. the words 'ginger brûlée tart' together like that make my stomach fizzy. i'm going back home for a holiday this week, think i'll make these for a dinner party im having on friday! love ginger, love brûlée..... yum. x

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  11. I live round the corner from here and had to do a double take at the first picture! the bakery? without a line of people out the door?? What the?? Those creme brulees are divine. *s*

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  12. Waht a nice way to spend time with your mister. Wonderful! ...and ginger brulee...yum!

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  13. What a fantastic way to do Brulee if you don't have enough rammekins??!! CLEVER!! What a sweet blog, i'm new, how do you do?? Love Posie

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  14. The look like The Real Tarts. From The Actual Shop. You know there's a whole chain of them now, right? Marrickville, Rosebery .... Far North Queensland could next. Kellie xx

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  15. Those look absolutely divine ! Love your blog it is so coolio

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  16. Def on my list of things to do in on our next Sydney holiday. IN 3 MONTHS!

    Btw those tarts look like the real shizzle! Kudos to Paddy.

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  17. OMG I am sooooo making these and as I am still in Sydney I think I may have to pay a visit for the real deal x

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  18. Aha, as a ex-addict now living in Perth, thanks from the bottom of my heart for this one! I know what we are doing tomorrow :)

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