A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
Peaches, raspberries and vanilla cream have always been my favourite foods. Seeing this dessert has set me back a fortune sourcing American peaches, and various forms of vanilla and cream. Every time I went past Burch and Purchese, I convinced myself it must be overrated. Why would I want a deconstructed version when perfection is the real thing?
Tonight the only fruit shop with delicious peaches was shut. What could I do? I pondered dismally. Perhaps a Peaches and Cream inspired dessert couldn't be so bad?
Entering this sweet shop in South Yarra is a treat in itself. Colourfully frosted, the display cabinet sings with interest. A tasty treat is always on offer. It really could be the witch's house in Hansel and Gretel. Some place warm, magical, enticing and imagination consuming.
I have admired the offerings on many separate occasions but wavered before purchase. Not satisfying one's curiosity is like leaving a trail of crumbs of temptation behind. Crumbs that at some point were always going to lead me back inside the door.
The problem is there are so many delightful possibilities. The flavour profiles are not the expected with Sesame and Yuzu. They are enough removed from the norm to stand out but not drive taste buds away.
The Peach Dessert is glossy and angelic - you can see your eyes reflected in its sheen. All packaged up in a beautiful gift bag, so much better than the supermarket.
Nothing else is needed other than a touch more cream and perhaps some fruit to decorate. A knife won't cut through the base effectively. Better to be alone with no need to share, there just isn't enough anyway. Where has it all gone?
Air has been injected into what seems like a cheesecake surface. This dessert is an old-fashioned peach flummery. A cloud of delectable and naturally flavoured deliciousness. A great example of modernised traditional that loses nothing in flavour and gains everything in finesse.
The base is Gingernut and white chocolate. It crunches just like Aero or maybe Malteasers. Everything surprises, delights and satisfies. There is just enough to enjoy without feeling you have overindulged. In fact, the whole experience did not feel indulgent in any of that word's negative sense. It just felt like the perfect meal. Taking you to a summer garden in a peach orchard. Perhaps the scene from a Russian novel I read once. When the characters feasted on freshly picked raspberries and cream fresh from the cow.
The only aspect not satisfying about this taste is now it is going to be even harder to walk past Burch and Purchese's door. I have not assuaged my curiosity, I have only heightened it.
My suggestion, dessert is the only meal of the day worth eating anyway. Burch & Purchese is located on Chapel Street, opposite Como Centre. It is just beyond the Olsen Hotel Towards Alexandra Avenue.
The vision of Darren Purchese, it is filled with exquisite treats that look too good to eat but are actually too wicked not too. No dessert is just as it seems, they are all multilayered with surprise.