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Bang Bread 面包🍞

My love for bread knows no boundaries (I think)
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On this episode of “if you thought being able to bake made me less receptive of store bought baked goods, you thought wrong” 🙃
So happy and thankful my mum snagged the Paris Baguette (PB) “Buy 5 Get 5” Promo to commemorate our Nation’s birthday.
I’ve always loved this chained bakery, and the white bread buns I wouldn’t have till they come at half the price; but the chocolate twist here I would order even at normal price - without skipping a beat ✨ I mean, when I am fully aware of the amount of effort to proof and layer these flaky pastries, and the fact that the ones at PB tasted great, the price tag becomes secondary.

Please watch the episode Fat on Netflix’s Salt Fat Acid to fully appreciate focaccia. Once that is done proceed to get your hands on micro bakery’s Herb Olive Oil Sourdough Focaccia. I’ve not yet had better, more authentic Focaccia in Singapore - period.
Good on its own you can slice them up and toast before preparing a sun-dried tomato dip because focaccia and tomato paste are “food-match-made in heaven”.

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My love for bread being explicitly spelt out to my circle of friends part #2. This time a classic frill free brown box wrapped with a ribbon was delivered.
The built up anticipation that lasted seconds was completely enamoured when the scent of fresh focaccia wafted across; cookies, a loaf of non-chilled cake and packet of granola were sighted. The surprise was a small jar of jam hidden amongst the bigger goodies. This is Micro Bakery’s sunshine box - how apt a name I must say.
Beyond just nice packaging the bakes are solid; the lemon yoghurt chai seed loaf cake tasted of citrusy goodness and a gold standard for non chilled cakes in terms of texture and moisture.
As for the sea salt chocolate cookies, it reminded me of a hybrid between famous amos crunch and subway soft chew; only I reckon with premium ingredients.
The focaccia sourdough is so good I will write about it in a separate post.

I have a lot of backlog from my “food adventures” at home but the first meal today was these buns from the famous Serangoon Garden Market hawker bakery stall.
At those prices it is almost a no-brainer why people leave with boxES of bread. These were nothing artisanal fancy but your honest hawker’s keep that comforts. In particular the hot cross bun was a treat at a “premium” with spices that reminded me of chai latte.

P.S: mind the CNY cushion we’ve kept 😅

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When a deliveroo driver ringed our intercom and presented 4 loaves and 2 croissants with Nassim Hill stickers on Saturday- I was confused but later moved by a close friend’s gesture. My love for bread has been explicitly spelt out to my circle of friends.
Breakfast next morning was Nassim Hill’s croissants which are good but fall short of the perfect croissants with its thick doughy layers in the center. I apologies but I’ve had a lot of croissant to be nit-picky.
That said I wouldn’t mind having these again with good condiments, actually just jam.

When a deliveroo driver ringed our intercom and presented 4 loaves and 2 croissants with Nassim Hill stickers on Saturday- I was confused but later moved by a close friend’s gesture. Looks like my love for bread has been explicitly spelt out to my circle of friends.
Breakfast next morning was Nassim Hill’s croissants which are good but fall short of the perfect croissants with its thick doughy layers in the center. I apologies but I’ve had a lot of croissant to be nit-picky.
The almond brioche loaf was decent but slightly airy. It almost felt like too much dry ingredient, lacking the indulgent nature you’d expect of brioche. Yet strangely the butter content seeps through on a paper plate.
That said, there were definitely stand outs from the lot- I loved Nassim Hill’s sourdough for its thin crust. The sourdough starter used also gave the slices a nice tang without it being sharply acrid.
The milk chocolate “loaf” which was really a non-chilled cake was another delicious sweet treat I’d recommend.

The perfect excuse to get these freshly baked pitas is when you travel to North Bridge Road for a bread and cake run at Mother Dough and Edith patisserie during the circuit breaker period. I mean why not stock up on bread since the family is perpetually at home? Another good excuse for Mum to put her cooking creativity to the test by whipping up great pita dishes.
The plain and whole wheat pitas here are affordable and easily one of my favourite staples around.

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A bread run over the weekend as a treat, while complying with all circuit breaker measures. Thankfully today we made it in time for Mother Dough’s croissants at 12 noon even though all bread loaves were sold out.
The flavoured croissants arent cheap but an astute croissant lover might agree that these were great croissants with the right layers and butter content.
My almond croissant was assiduously layered, with a sweet crumbly almond paste center; and was quite burnt.
I’d patiently wait to try Mother Dough’s bread on my next visit ✨

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Just one of my guilty pleasures; coffee buns with a hard sweet crust exudes wafts of coffee scent in each bite. Also a cheaply yet solacing “margarine-d” center is best partaken when one is ravenous.

Just admiring those layers felt like already half the battle was won.
I can confidently claim that these are the best croissants I’ve had in Singapore taking place of my no.1 from Tiong Bahru bakery.
Note that the bakes at Petite Pain are elusive because they are usually sold out (way) before closing hour.

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On the occasional visits to the West, I am excited to try what Burpplebeyond has to offer #1.
On a Saturday afternoon amid the COVID-19 situation, Bread Yard was brimming full of patrons, and we had to wait a good 5 min for a freed table. That was definitely a telltale on what Bread Yard had to offer. Indeed I had a mean cuppa iced flat white and we enjoyed standard good quality brunch fare. The dessert of Kouign Amman had enough melted sugar that crystallised, and the layers id expect from croissant like pastries.
The olive loaf we bought for take home is also artisan bread done right with a more pronounced taste of fresh olives you’d spot. The sliced loaf can be refrigerated and keep for a week’s worth of good carb supply.

I haven’t had better cinnamon rolls than from simply bread; warrant they cost $2.50 per pop but that gooey, sweet yet NOT saccharine, cinnamon coat swirled all over soft white bread baked fresh. Brb let me revel in temporal utopia.

Eat to live, live to eat. Alternating between the 2 all day err day?

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