It would be fair, actually, to say that bakeries are an adult’s sweet shop. With delights starting from the savoury to the sweet, their wares are tempt us all. Obviously, some shops and supermarkets sell bread, there is something to be said for buying a loaf that is freshly baked, still warm to touch and smells fresh. Be it a baguette, a granary loaf, a sizable bap or soda bread, more often than not, you find yourself munching on it on the way out of the shop instead of wait till you get home. But there are more delights in bakeries than simply bread…
Cakes, muffins, shortcake, doughnuts… the decision in many bakeries simply takes your breath away as well as the decision is truly the hardest a part of going into one. With a lot of adverts and magazines persuading us to consume as healthily as you can and inform us to consume five a day, there is something wonderfully forbidden about going to pastry shop near me and acquiring an enormous doughnut.
Sure, the calorie count is a lot higher than a salad, but the sheer pleasure of biting into it and watching the jam squirt the sides onto our hands and face cannot be beaten. And don’t even allow me to even begin on the joys and challenges of eating a big Belgian Bun.
However, there are even more joys past the cakes and sweets, and that is the savoury choices which are on display. The best bakeries will always be busiest at lunchtime and that is because local workers is going to be besieging the shop for the greatest sandwiches, pies and pasties they could find. Sure, supermarkets offer lunchtime deals, but nothing compares to the happiness of buying a freshly baked and piping hot sausage roll.
An excellent bakery offers a wide range of food types and this is vital with their success. Whilst they may have an obligatory fruit bowl on the counter, almost all of their customers are available to fulfill their most base dietary desires. Whether it’s a large sandwich, a pie or perhaps a cream cake, individuals are there for starters reason – the flavour. There is a lot to be said for freshly baked foods, not only do they taste a great deal better, but compare them to sandwiches which have been made days before and there is absolutely no comparison.
In reality, writing this post is making my stomach rumble… towards the bakery! Think back 5, 10, fifteen years, and attempt to remember each of the mom and pop retail bakeries that existed. In each and every ethnic neighborhood, you needed the Jewish Bakery, the German Bakery, the Italian Bakery and so on. My father once owned eight bakeries in various neighborhoods through the Philadelphia area. Remember hizvfl signs inside the store windows: “Fresh bread”, “Fresh cakes”, “Butter cookies”, “All Baking Done on Premises.”
Those were the times. Bakery owners did the particular baking; they woke early and started baking way before the sun came out. Freezers were small, because there was no requirement to freeze racks of cake, cookies, and pies. Who ever heard of employing a premade mix? Ha, Ha, just add water and mix. Even funnier, today the joke is who ever heard of scratch baking! Keep in mind names of the bakeries? My dad’s name is Arthur. His bakeries were called, (guess), Arthur’s Bakery. The names reflected who owned the shop, not what large corporation owned the store.