Cheesecake perfection, savoury Japanese doughnuts, and a bread and butter pudding to make you feel warm whatever the weather. Saddle up for the five (sweet) things we most want to eat in Dublin this week...
1) Basque cheesecake, Elliot's
It's been on the menu since day one in Elliot's, but this slice of Basque cheesecake is looking as luxuriously wobbly as ever. It could be enjoyed on their outdoor seating if the temperamental Autumn weather holds up, but bringing it home is a worthy alternative - although that could lead to looking at flights to San Sebastián.
2) Bread and butter pudding, Minetta Deli
Minetta Deli is situated at Sutton Cross, making it the perfect stop off if you're heading back from Howth towards anywhere else in the city. This bread and butter pudding looks like exactly the kind of comforting, homely treat you'd want after a walk on the Howth cliffs, being battered and frozen by those Irish Autumn winds.
3) Apple and cinnamon cake, Bread 41
Autumn in Ireland means a number of things - we've already complained about the weather twice, but the arrival of autumnal produce is one of the things we look forward to every September. Using apples garnered from their brilliant barter program, Bread 41 have come up with this cosy apple and cinnamon loaf cake with a maple glaze, brown sugar cinnamon streusel and orange zest. Yum.
4) Blackberry & plum umeboshi doughnut, Woodruff
We had to look up umeboshi, but the idea of sour and salty pickled plums, tart blackberries, sweet white chocolate and indulgent crème pâtissière in a doughnut sounds like a spectacular, yet perfectly balanced mouthful. We need more 'out there' doughnut fillings in Dublin, and kudos to Woodruff for hopefully kicking off a trend.
5) Nectarine and burrata salad, Happy Out
This salad from Happy Out x Together Academy at the Dun Laoghaire Baths looks perfect for a lunch when you're on a health kick after getting out of the freezing cold environs of the Irish sea. The combination of nectarine, tomato, burrata, basil and pine nuts sounds and looks beautifully fresh, and like the perfect reward/antidote after a bracing sea swim.