A glimpse inside Swedish Tarts in Henley Beach, taking in the décor of old wooden furnishings and being hypnotised by the baking and coffee aromas, immediately conjures up memories of grandma’s honest and wholesome cooking.
It’s a tell- tale sign that everything is not only baked fresh, but with loads of love and passion…and even more butter – and that’s why owners Bo and Louise Matschke have thrilled the palates of locals and visitors alike while providing them with a slice of Sweden’s finest sweet and savoury cakes, sumptuous breakfasts and lunches and Fairtrade organic coffee.
The philosophy of honesty and homeliness is extended to Swedish Tarts’ décor, with an interesting spread of art adorning the walls – the establishment supports local artists by providing wall space on which to display their creations and will again support SALA during August – and a bookcase groaning under an eclectic mix of Swedish literature.
Bo farewelled submarine engineering in 2012 to help grow the business and manage the financial side of things while baker extraordinaire Louise – she sold her first cake as a 10-year-old – carefully prepares menus that celebrate traditional Swedish fare such as a 200-year-old recipe for ‘Scab Cake’, the iconic Princess Torta and a vast selection of smaller tarts, buns, biscuits and the like.
Flatbreads feature prominently too, with the locals united in declaring the Swedish Smoked Salmon and its splashes of baby spinach, capers, red onion, aioli and fresh dill, gastronomic happiness on homemade sourdough bread.
Bo and Louise first visited Australia as backpackers in the mid-80s, fell in love with it and returned to settle permanently in the late-90s. Now with four Swedish Tarts outlets – Semaphore, Henley Beach, Glenelg and a bakery and café in Port Adelaide – you can be sure the Matschkes will keep grandma’s traditional home cooking alive and thriving.
For more information:
Bo and Louise Matschke
330 Seaview Road, Henley Beach
Tel: 8235 1116