This spur of the moment diversion to Aberdeen on a long trip through the Karoo, “let’s stop here and see if we can get some good Afrikaans koek en tee” (that’s tea and cake to those of you who don’t speak Afrikaans), led us to the Blue Door Cafe. Aberdeen, the Karoo version, almost doesn’t exist it’s so small, and besides the ubiquitous church in the middle of town, the other reason to stop is this great little tea shop.
Now, in my humble opinion, Afrikaans ladies can bake. Their cakes are sublime, and their carrot cakes… well, let me not venture down that road again. But, if you’re traveling nowhere slowly, it’s generally a good bet that the local Dorp will have something good to offer if it’s on the main road, and I always make a stop to see.
There was an array of cakes on offer but I selected the lemon meringue and I wasn’t disappointed. Served with tea in dainty china cups, the pastry crust was short and melt-in-the-mouth, while the filling was creamy, light and fluffy, just as it should be but, and this is the critical point, it wasn’t too sweet. It was amazing!
Try it next time you’re passing. You’ll find it in the main street, just down from the church at 18 Voortrekker Street (R338), Aberdeen, 6270, or give them a call on 049 846 0205.