On this fine first Wednesday of 2021, we are searching for some sugary comfort. Starting, with the best baked treats on offer…
Yes, we know we should make a start on those New Year’s resolution… but we’re just not there yet. After all, a lack of a celebratory atmosphere in a month dedicated to indulgence has brought on a rather dreary New Year’s slump. The one sound solution? A tray of indulgent baked treats. These menu below will surely be of help.
Just like clockwork, the arrival of a new month brings along a new start and a new seasonal pie from the Burger Circus kitchen. For January, it’s a respite from the cooler weather with a zingy Key Lime Pie. Made with a fresh, velvety lime curd centre, it sits upon a coconut cookie crust, topped with peaks of perfectly toasted meringue; flavours of the sunshine season and salty seaside air. While you’re here, preface the citrusy dessert with one of the all-American diner’s stacked burger — an unctuous, cheesy, no-fuss goodness of the classic beef and bun combo.
Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2878 7787
Decidedly the more ‘healthier’ option on this list (as healthy as carb-heavy bread can be), Sakimoto Bakery is the latest addition of baked delights to arrive in the city. Originating from Osaka, the Japanese Shokupan speciality store is loved for the two-years in-the-making, egg- and dairy-free, natural Gokubi loaves that are expertly baked using a water roux method (where flour and water are whisked together over heat) for extra aeration and pillow-soft bites. The milk butter Gokunama Shokupan is also worth a sampling, albeit more cheeky with the adding of fresh cream, milk, butter and dollops of honey. Swipe on a fresh coat of the brand’s hand-made, artisanal ‘Jewel’ jam, any one of the 15 flavours will be just as exceptional.
Sakimoto Bakery, Shop 3208, L3, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3590 8297
Rise by Classified
For Rise by Classified, the festive celebrations don’t stop after New Year countdowns. Rather, as per French traditions, they continues though to 6 January for the festival of Epiphany — the day the Three Kings was believed to have visited the newborn Jesus. To celebrate, then, a dessert that is just as regal and momentous. The Galette des Rois (King’s Cake) is a golden, frangipane-filled concoction encased in layers of buttery, flaky puff pastry. In the casual eatery’s own interpretation, delight in a selection of three flavours: Original, chocolate and apple.
Rise by Classified, Exchange Square Podium, Shop 313, 3/F, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2147 3454