With a pig’s head fitted to the door handle, sunny yellow tiles and sparse furniture, Penny Fours is a bakery that’s slightly eccentric, a little traditional and very charming. Owned by Penelope Ransley – a former pastry chef at Tetsuya’s and Sepia, who more recently baked at Iggy’s – you'd be right to have high expectations.
A play on the ‘petit four’ (literally ‘little oven’ in French), the miniature pastries and sweets are made for eating in twos and threes. These are renditions that concentrate on obtaining just the right textures and flavours in petite portions. Even better, the prices are set to match, which makes it a little too easy to walk out with an armful of fine-crumbed frangipanes, spiky lemons meringues, little snail’s swirls or an airy brioche bun with a thick dollop of custard at the centre. The quiche is a dark horse – don’t let it throw you for being the only savoury option. Its delicate consistency and buttery pastry shell make up for the lack of viable lunch options (watch this space).
Coffee is roasted in-house and under the name Lore. It’s been termed an “experiment” but is very impressive for something described so tentatively. Its slight nuttiness makes for an excellent accompaniment for a small sweet something. There are plans to expand to bread further down the line, but slowly and surely seems to be the method at play. There’s still plenty of reason to make a pit stop on your travels through Leichhardt.
141 Norton Street, Leichhardt
(02) 9572 8550