I love bread. And it is only recently that I discovered the various kinds of breads (read: brioche, french loaf, foccaccia, etc.) but haven’t really had the opportunity to get into the world of breads. I’ve also been wanting to bake bread at home, but I’m not so sure about how it would turn out. Have the ingredients ready and raring to go but I’m just not there yet. Anyway, so, I was quite excited that The Baker’s Dozen came to town (literally). And, their smart marketing strategy ensured that people were dying to get into the store even before it opened up — I was one of them.
The Baker’s Dozen is a bakery that sells 13 kinds of breads. It’s run by a threesome — Aditi Handa, the baker, her husband, Sneh Jain, and brother, Siddharth Handa. Aditi bakes artisanal breads with her team and sells them at her outlet at Prabhadevi, Mumbai. While yours truly was lusting after her rustic offerings on fellow food bloggers’ Twitter list and blogs, I wasn’t able to travel till Prabhadevi just for that. Hence, I was really excited to meet Aditi, Sneh and Siddharth at the Farmer’s Market at the Taste of Mumbai Festival last month. And, what did I see? Loaves and loaves of fresh bread sitting pretty waiting to be picked up. By the time I reached there, they had but one loaf left — the Pain Au Levain with walnuts and raisins. I grabbed it before it could go anywhere. On the way out, I asked Siddharth what it would go best with and he said, “maybe cheese.” But when I looked at it the next day, I just took a bite and it was so divine just without any other condiment.
Just check out the abundance of walnuts and raisins in there!
Once the three-day shelf period in the fridge was up, I knew I had to do something with it! It couldn’t go to waste – no! So I decided to make french toast with strawberry preserve and cinnamon with honey.