Walking past Bécasse in Emporium Melbourne is always an eye and mouth treat. Managed by Jones the Grocer, this French-inspired artisan bakery, patisserie and café serves up a daily repertoire of French and European food and drink. Of note are the deliciously and meticulously handmade pastries sitting pretty in the glass display. In addition to the Salted Caramel & Chocolate Tart and the Lemon Curd Tart, another pastry that has made my Bécasse favourites list in Melbourne is the Banana and Salted Peanut Brittle Tart.
One of the best selling pastries, the Banana and Salted Peanut Brittle Tart brings several tasty elements to the palate. Bananas are excellent for use in deserts and Bécasse's pastry chefs have managed to marry the fruit with cream, sugar and butter to create a smooth, fragrant, rich yet lightly sweet banana creme patissiere that contains soft nuggets of fruit.
The sweet and soft custard is expertly balanced with the salt and crunch from the generous pieces of broken peanut brittle scattered on top. A bite of each peanut brittle piece yields a crunchy, buttery and light salty flavour. All this deliciousness sits neatly in a light and crumbly pastry base. The final construction of all elements have transformed the pastry into something altogether more decadent, which delivers an addictive mouth-feel of salty crunch, sweet cream and crispy short pastry. The only regret is the inconsistent quality and quantity of the peanut brittle topping by the kitchen, which makes some pastry days less perfect than others.