First of all, before I even begin to summarize our annual Berlin’s Best Bread competition of 2017, I have to say that bread in Berlin has become so much more diverse compared to when we started in 2013 – back then, we only found few bakeries who used only sourdough as a leaven, making bread in an artisanal, small-scale way. Today, more and more Berlin bakers choose exactly this method, that, while not being as predictable and thus controllable like others, makes for individual and high-quality loafs. Because the proofing of the dough is more sensitive than with other rising agents, the baker needs to give it more attention, and I believe this creates a closer bond, a better understanding of what makes bread. So, finally, we were able to ask only for sourdough-breads without yeast or other helpers for our annual tasting in the goal to find Berlin’s tastiest loaf.
Last week we had the pleasure of savoring another round of “Berlin’s Best Bread”, tasting sourdoughs, toasts, and multi-grain breads from the finest bakeries in the city to find the most delicious of them. A carb-feast celebrated by a jury of bread-lovers, with samples from artisanal bakeries judged in two categories by many criteria and loads of discussions. In the end we had two winners, however, almost all of the submitted baked goods were of very good quality. So while you enjoy reading the following ranking, keep in mind that all of the bakeries are worth a visit, pursuing traditional and artisanal bread baking. But for now, let yourself be surprised who won this year’s “Berlin’s Best Bread”!
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.