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Get pomelo strawberry cheesecake, calamansi lemon roll from this QC bakery

Steph Arnaldo
Get pomelo strawberry cheesecake, calamansi lemon roll from this QC bakery

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These sweet and tart desserts by Simone and Amelia combine locally-sourced ingredients with classic flavors

Well-loved ingredients and local flavors meet classic desserts and pastries when it comes to local bakery Simone and Amelia’s premium line-up of homemade sweet and savory treats.

Providing a “modern twist” to familiar favorites is what Simone and Amelia aims to do, using only locally-sourced, seasonal produce like coconut, calamansi, pili nuts, pomelos, and local chocolate infused into their pastries, which are all freshly-made in-house daily.

Among Simone and Amelia’s best-sellers is their pomelo strawberry cheesecake, a must-try for fans of classic New York-style cheesecake paired with sour-sweet fruit. The smooth, creamy, tart cheesecake base above the buttery, crumbly graham crust is topped with a sweet berry compote and slices of juicy strawberries and fresh pomelo, which lend a signature tartness to the dessert.

The pomelo strawberry cheesecake costs P1,500 for a round cake that can serve up to six people.

Fans of light, citrusy desserts must try out Simone and Amelia’s delicate calamansi lemon roll, a soft, light, and fluffy cake roll that’s filled with a slightly sweet vanilla cream and a tart, creamy, and refreshing calamansi-lemon custard on the inside. It costs P800 for a roll that can serve four people.

Simone and Amelia also offer huge, chunky, and soft peanut caramel cookies at P100 a piece. The taste is reminiscent of the local peanut brittle, made with crunchy caramelized peanuts and lots of homemade melted caramel.

For something even more indulgent, Simone and Amelia’s decadent 100% chocolate cup is everything a chocoholic would want in a pint – layers of smooth, dark chocolate mousse, milk chocolate cream, moist cocoa cake crumble, and a crunchy chocolate disc with cacao nibs on top. It costs P280 for a pint.

Simone and Amelia is founded by award-winning, French school-trained pastry chef Laetitia Moreau and Nikki and Anton Reyes, owners of bakeshop 17R Bakehouse. The name Simone and Amelia come from their grandmothers’ names, symbolizing how their hand-crafted creations evoke warm, happy, and familiar memories when enjoyed with loved ones.

Simone and Amelia is located along Matandang Balara, Quezon City. They accept pre-orders from Mondays to Thursdays, with deliveries on Saturdays and Sundays. To order, you can message them on Instagram. – Rappler.com

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Steph Arnaldo

If she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it. From advertising copywriter to freelance feature writer, Steph Arnaldo finally turned her part-time passion into a full-time career. She’s written about food, lifestyle, and wellness for Rappler since 2018.