Onto Round 2 of Pastry Pursuit! Cottonrake – ooooohhh. (That statement right there is basically the TL:DR for this post!)
Now, I’ve heard a lot (a LOT) about Cottonrake but for some reason I hadn’t actually been until a couple of weeks ago, when I finally popped in with my good buddy Pam aka Glasgow Food Geek – you can read her take on the experience here, basically lots of gushing as well so you know it’s good. I was actually surprised that more people hadn’t heard it when I mentioned it to them – some people even thought it was a home store/clothes place when I said the name Cottonrake as well!
The aforementioned Cottonrake is completely adorable right from when you get in, offering a “blend of British home baking and French patisserie”, as you can see from the following photos of mouthwatering pastries and beautiful tarts!
I also appreciated the self-serve water and especially that they had just ordinary water as well as a lovely lemony-mint concoction – I don’t always feel like having fancy flavoured water so I thought that was a nice touch. (The lemony-mint concoction hit the spot for me on that particular day, though!)
And now let’s get to the good stuff – Pam suggested getting two tarts so we could share them, which is obviously never a bad idea as it means you get more of the cake without feeling like a complete pie afterwards. GEDDIT, PIE, AHA. …ahem.
First up was the famed white chocolate and raspberry tart! Again I’m just gonna let the photos speak for themselves a wee bit here, there’s not a whole lot I can say that will explain it quite as well as these do!
(Note to self: nice nails for blog photos in future!)
This was totally delicious, and I say that as someone who isn’t a *huge* fan of white chocolate. I think the slight tartness of the raspberry jam filling helps to balance out the white chocolate, although in saying that, the white chocolate isn’t sickly-sweet and you can tell it’s quality choc they’ve used for the ganache! The shortcrust pastry was beaut as well, so crisp but melt in your mouth at the same time. Mmm!
On to the treacle tart (avec pecans which I totally love.)
Again, the shortcrust pastry was perfection and on a personal level I think this was my favourite of the two! As mentioned above, I’m a sucker for pecans and I’m a relatively recent treacle tart convert as well, having first tried one about a year ago! (As far as my cake eating career goes, that’s recent, trust me.)
This also wasn’t too sweet which can be a danger with treacle tarts, so basically good job, Cottonrake!
Pam let me have a bit of her croissant to try and it was very lovely indeed! I have *extremely* high standards when it comes to any sort of French cuisine but particularly French pastries – having lived in France for my year abroad in Uni, I find it difficult to get anything like what I got used to having over there. This one ranks fairly high on my list, I have to say! (And that is no mean feat, I tells ya.)
I also (under instruction but let’s face it, probably would have done this anyway) grabbed a couple of cookies to take home – although I didn’t manage to get a chocolate and walnut one which I’ve heard is particularly amazing. I got a double chocolate cookie and….one which I can’t quite remember everything that was in it, but there were nuts, dried fruit and oats? Both of them were great anyway, the perfect cookie texture – which in my opinion is sturdy enough so that they hold, but soft enough so you don’t break your teeth or have to put too much effort into actually getting them into your face 😛
Will I be back? Erm, yes! Yes please!! And especially given that I now work a mere 15-minute walk from Cottonrake, I don’t think it will be too long until I am!
Til next time,