Wednesday, 23 October 2014
If you believe that every Yin has its Yang, then the counterpoint to Flour and Stone’s perfect Hand-Iced Gingerbread sits on the shelf directly below – the Soft Glazed Gingerbread. It is indescribably bad.
The friendly staff warned that the experience wouldn’t be quite the same due to the lack of icing and the stronger mix of spices, but that doesn’t even begin to approximate the dullness of the flavours. Yes, they’re soft and sweet (golden syrup, butter and brown sugar are listed first in the ingredients), but they’re also the ungingeriest gingerbread I’ve ever had. I’m not even sure it’s ginger – it’s more like trying to suck the flavours of a mince pie through several layers of sponge, except there’s no mince pie at the end.
Okay, that was a terrible metaphor.
The anecdote I’m drawing on is that biting into this cookie is like peeling open a banana that you’re really looking forward to, then watching as it breaks and falls to the ground. I didn’t make that one up, but it most accurately captures how this cookie makes you feel.
But if you’re looking for value for money, let me be more direct: eating Flour and Stone’s Soft Glazed Gingerbread is like stepping in dog poop.
Rating out of 10 (where 10 = ermahgerd this is amazeballs; 5 = meh; and 0 = I want my money back):
3 – I didn’t think this would be possible. Yet here we are…
Where: Flour and Stone, 53 Riley Street (off William Street), Woolloomooloo NSW 2011. It’s a solid 15-minute walk from St James, Museum and King’s Cross Stations. By bus, the 200, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, L24, 311 and 461 stop within walking distance. Local parking is scarce.
How much: $18.00 for a pack of five.
About Kevvie’s Cookie Safari: People have been telling me for years that my wife’s chocolate chip cookies are the best they’ve ever eaten. It didn’t occur to me until now to test the claim. But if you’re interested, she uses a Jacques Torres recipe from the book ‘A Year in Chocolate’.