Monday, March 7, 2011

Sweet treats in Petersham's Little Portugal

While we can't eat the famous Portuguese tarts, coeliacs certainly don't miss out when it comes to sweet treats at Sweet Belem.

At 35B and 35C New Canterbury Road, Petersham, on Sydney's Little Portugal food strip, this 'cake boutique' offers a wide-range of gluten-free choices.

Last Sunday I tried the very moist and sweet, raspberry lemon roulade. As Bruce said after he'd had a taste: "You could never say that cake was dry!"

Made with polenta, it is a traditional Portuguese cake or dessert. The orange roulade is also made with polenta.

Other options include the orange jaffa chocolate truffle and flourless chocolate and orange cakes. All the cakes are made on-site, joint owner Lina Correia informed me.

Sweet Belem is a cute little cafe, decorated to take you on a trip to Portugal, if only gastronomically. And I love looking up at the ceiling painted like the sky.

Maeve O'Mara's Gourmet Safaris take walking tours to the restaurants, cafes and food outlets in Petersham's Little Portugal.

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