Posted by: coolerbecky | July 20, 2009

Freshly Baked Biscuits

Tea after service at St Barnabas Anglican Church is accompanied by a sweet snack, usually a cake baked by a church member as well as an alternative of biscuits.

The biscuits are extremely delicious, sometimes more so than the cake.  Though, I do have to admit that I often eat both cake AND biscuits because of my terribly sweet tooth.

mitchellandhopkinsUsing Sherlock Holmes’s time-honoured investigative method of staring at the label on the cookie package, I determined that the biscuits were supplied by a bakery called Mitchell and Hopkins, which had a cafe not too far from where I live. With the ulterior motive of securing a steady supply of these tasty sweet treats, I decided to pay the cafe a visit.

The Mitchell and Hopkins cafe is tucked away between a few buildings in a factory district in Camperdown. CafeshotThe cafe is easy to find, as the smell of freshly baked biscuits radiates around it. It’s extremely hard to miss – it’s the only building on the street that’s painted black and it’s also fronted by a large pair of glass doors and a huge sign. The cafe is fairly spacious, with a bar area for coffee and a great selection of hot cafe foods. The coffee is of an average price and is apparently fantastic1.  Staff are extremely friendly and quite willing to serve even the fussiest customers.  The cafe is located across from a nice park as well – an ideal place for families to purchase hot foods for picnics in the sun.

CafeteamThe unique part of the Mitchell and Hopkins cafe can be found behind the coffee counter. There, a large observation window allows customers to see biscuits being made by pastry chef Lawrence Hopkins and his team. The sweet and savoury selections are then wheeled out straight from the bakery floor to the shop, where they can be purchased.

My personal favourites, the Pinwheel Biscuits, are not only yummy and cute to look at but are award winners as well! Mitchell and Hopkins biscuits have won swags of medals at the 2006 Great Taste Awards in London and the 2007 Sydney Royal Fine Foods Show. The biscuits are made with all-natural ingredients and contain no preservatives. They’re cheap too, with packets ranging from $5.50 to $6, so they’re really worth buying!

MacaroonsMitchell and Hopkins is located at 29 Australia Street in Camperdown. The cafe is also available for hire for functions and provides a comprehensive list of event management and catering services. For more information about Mitchell and Hopkins, you can get to their website at http://www.mitchellhopkins.com.au/.


1As Cooler Becky doesn’t drink coffee, this particular piece of information is a report from her Dad, who does drink coffee.

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