It would be fair, actually, to say that bakeries are an adult’s sweet shop. With delights ranging from the savoury to the sweet, their wares are tempt us all. Obviously, while most 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 nibbling 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 selection in numerous bakeries simply takes your breath away and the decision is often 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 tell us to enjoy five a day, there is something wonderfully forbidden about entering cake shops near me and acquiring a massive doughnut.
Sure, the calorie count is a lot higher than a salad, nevertheless the sheer pleasure of biting into it and watching the jam squirt out your sides onto our hands and face can not be beaten. And don’t even allow me to even get started on the joys and challenges of eating a large Belgian Bun.
However, there are even more joys past the cakes and sweets, and that is the savoury choices which can be on display. The best bakeries are always busiest at lunchtime and that is because local workers will be besieging the shop for the best sandwiches, pies and pasties they can find. Sure, supermarkets offer lunchtime deals, but nothing compares to the joy of buying a freshly baked and piping hot sausage roll.
An excellent bakery offers a wide range of food types and this is vital for their success. While they may have an obligatory fruit bowl on the counter, almost all of their potential customers are there to satisfy their most base dietary desires. Whether it’s a sizable sandwich, a pie or perhaps a cream cake, people are there for starters reason – the flavor. There is a lot to get said for freshly baked foods, furthermore they taste so much better, but do a comparison to sandwiches that were made days before and there is no comparison.
In fact, writing this article is making my stomach rumble… for the bakery! Think back 5, 10, fifteen years, and attempt to remember all 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 a variety of neighborhoods through the Philadelphia area. Remember hizvfl signs within the store windows: “Fresh bread”, “Fresh cakes”, “Butter cookies”, “All Baking Done on Premises.”
Those were the times. Bakery owners did the specific baking; they woke early and started baking way ahead of the sun came up. 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 been aware of scratch baking! Keep in mind names in 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 a store.