It would be fair, in fact, to say that bakeries are an adult’s sweet shop. With delights which range 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. Whether it is a baguette, a granary loaf, a large bap or soda bread, more often than not, you find yourself nibbling on it on your way out of the shop instead of wait till you get home. But there are more delights in bakeries than simply bread…
Cakes, muffins, shortcake, doughnuts… the choice in many 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 eat as healthily as you can and tell us to enjoy five per day, there is certainly something wonderfully forbidden about entering cake bakeries near me and purchasing a tremendous doughnut.
Sure, the calorie count is significantly higher than a salad, but the sheer pleasure of biting with it and watching the jam squirt the sides onto our hands and face should not be beaten. And don’t even let me even begin on the joys and challenges of eating a big Belgian Bun.
However, there are also more joys beyond the cakes and sweets, and that is certainly the savoury choices which can be on display. The best bakeries are usually busiest at lunchtime and that is because local workers will be besieging the shop for the greatest sandwiches, pies and pasties they could find. Sure, supermarkets offer lunchtime deals, but nothing comes even close to the thrill of purchasing a freshly baked and piping hot sausage roll.
A good bakery offers an array of food types and this is vital to their success. When they could have an obligatory fruit bowl on the counter, the majority of their potential customers exist to satisfy their most base dietary desires. Whether it’s a big sandwich, a pie or even a cream cake, folks are there for starters reason – the flavour. There is lots to get said for freshly baked foods, not only do 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… to the bakery! Think back 5, 10, 20 years, and try to remember each of the mom and pop retail bakeries that existed. In each and every ethnic neighborhood, you had the Jewish Bakery, the German Bakery, the Italian Bakery and so on. My dad once owned eight bakeries in various neighborhoods through the entire 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 actual baking; they woke early and started baking way prior to the sun came up. Freezers were small, since there was no reason to freeze racks of cake, cookies, and pies. Who ever heard about utilizing a premade mix? Ha, Ha, just add water and mix. Even funnier, today the joke is who ever heard of scratch baking! Recall the 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 the store.