On the weekend I met up with a bunch of hungry blogger pals for a picnic to celebrate Love Swah’s birthday. Many of us had long been wanting to visit Flour and Stone and this was the perfect excuse.
We met early Saturday morning at Flour and Stone in Woolloomooloo, a quaint bakery with an open doorway behind the counter so you can see where all the delicious baking magic happens. It’s clearly a popular spot with a steady stream of customers dropping by to pick up a weekend snack to take away.
The small shopfront, only has a few small tables inside and one out front so there was barely had enough room to hold the 12 of us as we sipped hot drinks, gazed at the beautiful treats and huddled behind the glass counter deciding what to have.
After agreeing on how much of everything to order, we got our large paper bag of freshly baked goodies, strolled to the park and positioned picnic blankets under the trees, ready to settle in for a long brunch.
The best thing about hanging out with food bloggers is that there is always so much to share! Our stash included the famous lamingtons, jam and custard donuts, hot pies, mini rhubarb and vanilla pies, gingerbread, zucchini, chilli and gruyere rolls and a few slices of tarts which we were all able to taste.
For me the star was the lamington. Big, moist, a layer of berry jam inside, covered with large flakes of coconut. I also really enjoyed the zucchini, chilli and gruyere rolls (which I’m told are even better straight out of the oven).
Admittedly it was a bit of a sugar overload, especially so early in the day. If we were to do it again, I’d opt for a few more savoury goodies to balance out the sweetness.
Of course it wouldn’t be right not to take something home so I bought a soy and linseed loaf and a pack of dried strawberry and pistachio amaretti.
What a fabulous morning – eating, chatting and relaxing with friends. Now that’s my kind of Saturday! What are your favourite bakery indulgences?