I don’t know much about Australian cuisine. I’ve never heard of Lamingtons until one of my co-workers (who’s technically from New Zealand) made some for us during a lab meeting a while back. However, I’ve recently discovered a shop neamed Peaked Pies that apparently specializes in Australian-style pies and desserts, including lamingtons. Wanting to do more research on the Australian culture (yes, this is all for cultural/scientific purposes and NOT because of gluttony), I decided to pay the place a visit. In addition to the aforementioned Lamington, I also got a Ned Kelly pie, Salted Caramel Tart, and Vanilla Slice.
Ned Kelly ($6.75):
This pie contained ground beef that’s topped with an egg and cheddar cheese. I was not the biggest fan of the pie crust: I found it to be a bit tough and flavourless. The cheese also did not add much to the dish, and was dry without much flavour. However, I did really enjoy the beef filling, which was tender, juicy and very flavourful, and came in a generous amount.
Salted Caramel Tart ($3.95):
This consisted of a shortbread crust that was filled with caramel and a drizzle of chocolate. The crust was quite tender and cut easily. The caramel was very thick, gooey, and had a wonderful fragrance, while the salt provided a really nice contrast to the sweetness of the filling.
This was a cake that was coated in chocolate and shredded coconuts. The cake itself was quite tender and moist. The chocolate and coconuts provided great flavour and fragrance. This was just a simple, homestyle dessert that’s done well.
Vanilla Slice ($4.25):
This consisted of two layers of pastry sandwiching vanilla custard and topped with pink icing. I did not care too much for the pastry, which had gone soft and doughy due to the filling, and was very difficult to cut through. The custard was quite thick, and a little bland and gummy, but still enjoyable. The icing was a bit overly sweet on its own, but tasted fine when paired with the custard.
I quite enjoyed my visit to Peaked Pies. Their food is fairly good, their prices are reasonable, and the staff are very cheerful and friendly. If you want to try out some Australian-style treats, or just like pies/desserts in general, do check this place out.