The Dough Collective caught my eye last year when it opened its first store on George St. It had a house built from bread rolls gracing its entrance! But I was freshly full from lunch and wasn’t open to the prospect of a mid-afternoon snack, so passed on the longan roll I saw. I did get a nibble of the samples, though, and the longan roll was tasty and nothing like sultana or raisins in bread.
They didn’t have the longan rolls when I visited but they did have chocolate and chestnut rolls. The chocolate is intense in these rolls. After the first bite, I wondered if the brown cream inside that I thought was chestnut puree wasn’t just chocolate cream. But it’s certainly chestnut puree, and it gives a very pleasant nuttiness to the chocolate roll, akin to the deliciousness of hazelnuts and chocolate.
But the pastries! The pastries keep me coming back to The Dough Collective. This is the Apple Turnover ($3.80). The pastry is absolutely delicious — oh so buttery and flaky. The innards are an apple jam, and I didn’t mind that lack of actual apple pieces as it made the pastry melt in your mouth.
After going back multiple times for just the apple turnover, I tried another pastry: the Apricot Danish ($3.80). It’s two slices of apricot and a glob of custard wrapped in pastry and covered in a sticky glaze. The glaze moistens the pastry considerably, so you lose some of the flaky goodness from the apple turnover. Other than that, though, the apricots provide juicy bites to the ends of the pastry, while the custard between the two apricot halves gives a pleasant not-too-sweet surprise.
The Dough Collective really sets itself apart from the myriad of other bakeries around.
The Dough Collective is located at Shop RG28, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000