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. Needless to say, while most shops and supermarkets sell bread, there exists something to be said for buying a loaf which is freshly baked, still warm to touch and smells fresh. Be it a baguette, a granary loaf, a big bap or soda bread, more often than not, you find yourself munching on it on your way out of the shop rather than 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 usually the hardest element of going to one. With lots of adverts and magazines persuading us to enjoy as healthily as is possible and tell us to eat five per day, there is something wonderfully forbidden about going into bakery near me and acquiring a massive doughnut.
Sure, the calorie count is significantly more than a salad, however the sheer pleasure of biting into it and watching the jam squirt the sides onto our hands and face can not be beaten. And don’t even permit me to even begin on the joys and challenges of eating a sizable Belgian Bun.
However, you can even find more joys past the cakes and sweets, and that is the savoury choices which are on display. The best bakeries are always busiest at lunchtime and that is because local workers is going to be besieging the store to get the best sandwiches, pies and pasties they could find. Sure, supermarkets offer lunchtime deals, but nothing compares to the thrill of buying a freshly baked and piping hot sausage roll.
A great bakery offers a wide range of food types which is vital to their success. When they could have an obligatory fruit bowl on the counter, almost all of their clients are available in order to satisfy their most base dietary desires. Whether it’s a big sandwich, a pie or even a cream cake, folks are there for one reason – the taste. There is lots to be said for freshly baked foods, furthermore they taste a lot better, but compare them to sandwiches that were made days before and there is not any comparison.
In reality, writing this post is making my stomach rumble… to the bakery! Think back 5, 10, fifteen years, and then try to remember each of the mom and pop retail bakeries that existed. In every single ethnic neighborhood, you needed the Jewish Bakery, the German Bakery, the Italian Bakery and so on. My dad once owned eight bakeries in various neighborhoods throughout the Philadelphia area. Remember hizvfl signs inside the store windows: “Fresh bread”, “Fresh cakes”, “Butter cookies”, “All Baking Done on Premises.”
Those were the days. 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 using a premade mix? Ha, Ha, just add water and mix. Even funnier, today the joke is who ever heard about scratch baking! Remember the names from the bakeries? My dad’s name is Arthur. His bakeries were called, (guess), Arthur’s Bakery. The names reflected who owned the store, not what large corporation owned the shop.