Lychees are one of my favourite fruits. I love to eat it in all its forms, which is usually as whole fruit (fresh or canned), or as a flavouring to cakes or drinks (including liqueur). In its rarer forms, I’ve enjoyed it as a dehydrated chip.
And now, I’ve also enjoyed it as a dried fruit in bread from the Dough Collective.
Despite appearances and first impressions from the samples, the bread doesn’t have a hard crust or a dry centre. It’s actually a soft bread, with a fluffy inside that’s scattered with a lychees throughout. I’ve never tried dried lychees before (where would one buy them from?) and they taste rather interesting — something like a dried grape (raisins) but with a more exotic more mellow sweetness. With each bite, the generous scattering of lychees flavours the fluffy bread. And even though I’m not the biggest fan (or at all) of multi grain bread generally, I quite enjoyed the grains here — they were only on the surface of the bread and lent a pleasant nuttiness and texture.
The Dough Collective is located at 614 George St, Sydney NSW 2000.