Back in Paris this summer, I very much enjoyed the official second best croissant in town at Sébastien Gaudard, and during my short trip to London in autumn, I was happy to have an prize-winning sandwich shop around the corner. It was back then, that I first wondered why there are no food awards in Berlin. In a flash, the idea of the Berlin’s Best Bread competition was born, and last week it was actually put into action.
This time we’ve teamed up with style blog extraordinaire ignant.de to explore the best of bakeries in Berlin. Sadly much of Germany’s bread baking tradition has been lost and most bakeries you’ll find in Berlin sell warmed up dough pieces that merely deserve to be called bread. Luckily, there have always been people working on keeping delicious bread without artificial additives or chemistry tricks a staple in German households. The past years have spurred a new interest in artisanal breads and some brave people took the chance and started new bread businesses. Here are five outstanding examples of German (and Austrian) bread craft in Berlin (in alphabetic order):
Update: This beautiful Italian bakery won the first Berlin’s Best Bread tasting with its Pane di Milano!
Although I was very sure to predict bread as the most important topic of 2013, the local bakery scene hasn’t yet flourished with new openings and offerings. But now, as we’re about to leave summer behind, a seriously recommendable new bakery just started its business in what is the most exciting location for food ventures in Berlin right now: at Markthalle IX.
This is Malin Elmlid cutting one of her overly delicious breads, just taken from the oven, for us to eat with fresh butter in a short break from what is only to be called a baking-franzy. This Swedish bread-maven agreed to prepare 30 loafs of her special sourdough bread for the opening of Boros Collection last Saturday and I just shortly stopped by to watch her scaling, mixing and folding and distracted her by asking many many questions about her love for the baked goods and her bread exchange project.