Serving delicious and freshly baked goods for over 30 years, Banjo's Bakery Café has expanded from its hometown of Tasmania (with a whopping 30 stores) to New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and most recently, opening their 41st store in South Australia in September 2019.
Situated in the heart of Moseley Square in Glenelg, Banjo's Bakery Café attracts hundreds of customers on the daily, who look at getting their quality pastries, sweets, sandwiches, coffee, tea and more. If you stop by early enough in the morning, you can expect to have fast service in being offered breakfast favourites, such as croissants, brioche and toasties. Alternatively, if you are looking to get some traditional bread, Banjo's Bakery Café specialises in rolls, pitas, and pull-aparts (to name a few).
Now, with the festive season rolling in, Banjo's Bakery Café has introduced a fantastic new Christmas-themed hamper that is bound to be a game-changer in "tart"-ing up your table this end-of-year holiday. No matter how you choose to spend this festive month with friends, family, loved ones, or even by yourself, the hamper is packed with a ton of sweet baked treats that will leave you with a happy and satisfied tummy.
By creating handmade pastries that involve a secret recipe that has been in the business for generations, the Banjo's Christmas Tart includes four varieties that fall under traditional, lemon, raspberry, and gourmet fruit mince tarts (with a hint of brandy) that are complemented with a soft filling that is nestled into a perfectly baked tart shell, which will instantly melt in your mouth.
As someone who typically turns into a little Grinch during this time of the year (guilty!), I have never tried a real Christmas fruit mince tart... ever! So, when I was kindly gifted the Banjo's Christmas hamper, I was initially a bit wary about tasting the fruit mince tart, because the idea never appealed to me. Playing it safe, I first went for the traditional options: starting with the lemon-flavoured tart. A light and buttery shortbread shell that was oozing with delectable lemon filling, this is a brilliant starter for those who like the tangy and citrusy flavour, preferably on the side with an iced latte! Next up was the raspberry-flavoured tart. Definitely for someone with a massive sweet tooth, the raspberry flavour was strong! Maybe it was the combination of the bright red colour and the Christmas tree-shaped pastry topping, but I could feel myself almost being open to the idea of having Christmas jingles playing in my house.
Right, so we got through the flavoured tarts - now to progress onto the real deal: the gourmet option. A six-pack that brought together the beautiful taste of freshly-made shortbread with a crumbly and buttery shell that was filled with a very interesting and rather enjoyable mix of fruit mince and Brandy. These pastries had an added layer of shortbread crust and were finished off with a Christmas tree cut-out as a topping to signify its festive appeal. The flavour of the Brandy is really subtle, but by the end, you feel a very mellow and happy buzz. I'd highly recommend getting a couple of six-packs of these tarts, especially if you're planning to take these to share because they are addictive and will be wiped out in minutes. They are also a great add-on as a gift if you're like me and like to bundle up a bunch of little things together to spoil that special someone!
As part of the hamper, there was also freshly baked gingerbread that had a spicy yet sweet taste that made me wish that there was a gingerbread house accompanying it! Also included was a small box with raspberry drop shortbread - I honestly didn't expect to like this as I am not a huge fan of raspberry or shortbread. However, after 30 minutes of sharing the box between my friend and myself, it was all gone, so that should be speaking volumes to you on how delicious they were. They also come in other flavours, such as lemon twist, roasted espresso, salted caramel, and traditional - all of which I have since purchased in small batches to gift as an add-on for my Christmas pressies for my friends!
The Banjo's Christmas hamper also comes with a cute little keep-cup that is perfect for anyone who loves and enjoys hot drinks on the go, has a passion for living sustainably, and is all for working with environment-friendly materials and products. Plus, if you think you'll be frequenting Banjo's, this keep cup will get you a free first fill, followed by .20 cents off your future refills - an absolute bargain that won't hurt the environment!
Banjo's Glenelg will be serving up Christmas Tarts, Gingerbread, Shortbread and their usual baked range this festive season, so make sure to pop into the new store located in the heart of Moseley Square (Glenelg) and discover their wonderful Christmas product range, with something to satisfy the entire family.