Marie Antoinette, which started as home-baking business, sits in the old shopfront of Beatrix. Here, owner Marie Antoinette Khougaz offers excellent French pastries alongside knafeh, cookies, pizza and more.
Khougaz’s French pastry love affair started around 2010 with entremet, an elaborate mousse-based layer cake that incorporates components like jelly, cremeux, ganache and sponge cake. It’s the signature at Marie Antoinette and rotating flavours may include pecan with glazed pecans, caramel praline, hazelnut sponge and caramel cremeux; or a strawberries and cream version with strawberry jelly, berry cream and vanilla sponge.
In addition to entremet, there are around 15 items on offer daily, including red velvet cake with cream-cheese icing and Nutella-filled cookies. Plus, items inspired by Khougaz’s Egyptian heritage, like knafeh doused in lemon syrup, and the Melburnian Cheesecake, made with a blend of cheeses, creams and lemon.
The bakery also serves Italian deli sandwiches and thin-crust Roman-style pizzas made using a recipe developed by Khougaz’s brother and business partner, Joe Khougaz. The pizza dough is made using three types of Italian flour that are slow-mixed and cold-fermented for a minimum of 96 hours, before they’re finished with toppings including Italian sausage, sauteed onions, piquillo peppers and olives. While the shop predominantly caters to takeaways, there are a few seats indoors and out for those looking to dine in.
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