Where To Buy Bread From Home-Bakers In Metro Manila
We'll take any excuse to break some bread. Today, our reason is, well, just because we want to. In honour of this, we've compiled a list of some local home bakers who have gotten really good at making, baking, and breaking some of our favourites with us.
Babka: The Awkward Baker
Fans of Seinfeld will remember that scene from "The Dinner Party" where Jerry and Elaine fought acquaintances over the last loaf of chocolate babka. If you're just as much of a fan of this delicious loaf — or simply looking for something to bring to dinner — then look no further than at The Awkward Baker. Their classic chocolate babka features impeccable swirls that cross brioche bread and dark chocolate. Fruitier flavours are also available with an intriguing combination of apple and cinnamon — perfect for a sweet treat after a long day.
Bagel: Next Door Neighbor Bakery
It's hard to find really good bagels; fortunately, the Next Door Neighbor Bakery knows their stuff. Their menu consists of interesting flavours that are sure to delight every kind of palate (not to mention complement a variety of breakfast ideas)! Try their plain bagel or kick it up a notch with their cheese or rosemary variant. The intriguing "everything" bagel is one that must not be missed, and sweet tooths can look forward to breakfast with the cinnamon raisin.
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Bao: Bake Fresh Philippines
Heavily influenced by Oriental cuisine, Filipino foodies have developed loving relationship with delicious baos. These ones from Bake Fresh are inspired by those from Hong Kong, and baked fresh by the loving matriarch of a local family. Their po lo baos — which feature distinctly crinkly tops reminiscent of pineapples — come in four interesting flavours: original, cream cheese, salted egg, and char siu. If you're missing the delicious street food from the vibrant city of Hong Kong, look no further than at Bake Fresh for something that will have your taste buds traveling (even while you cant yet!).
Bombolini: Hello Stranger
Hello Stranger serves a wide array of delicious baked goodies, all brought to us from the kitchen — or, er, bedroom — of Chef Ellie Estrada. This internationally trained foodie now bakes, creates, and remakes the traditional in her makeshift kitchen-slash-bedroom. We're particularly loving her Nutella Bombolini, an Italian-style filled doughnut that's as indulgent as it sounds. Treat yourself to some chocolate-y goodness — or choose a favourite from Chef Ellie's diverse menu of breads, pastries, and pasta — this New Year.
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Brioche: The Daily Knead
A centrepiece of our noche buena feast, The Daily Knead's brie and brioche wreaths are a delicious reminder of holiday repasts. But deliciousness is far from being a seasonal enjoyment, especially as Franchesca Herring, The Daily Knead’s head-baker and mum-in-charge, continues to serve up delightful treats all year round. Each of their offerings is made fresh, without any preservatives, so you can be sure to taste all the ingredients (and love!) that goes into each loaf or bun.
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Ciabatta: Bianca's Breads
The versatility of ciabatta is what puts it at a top spot for deliciousness. Bianca's Breads, which has been specialising in a wide range of delicious loaves, knows this. Their fluffy ciabatta offers diners a "slightly sweet and nutty flavour" that's great to pair with balsamic vinegar and cheese — perfect for a light snack or appetiser. And if you're carbo-loading (or simply celebrating Homemade Bread Day), then feel free to try their other variants as well such as focaccia, potato loaf, and their baguette.
Challah: Not-So-Jewish Bakery
Not sure what challah is? No worries, we're here to let you in on the secrets behind this special loaf. Originating from the Jewish community, challah is a traditionally kosher type of bread, distinctive because of its braided appearance. It's often eaten during Jewish celebrations or ceremonies, such as during Shabbat (Saturday). So while Judaism isn't as prominent in the Philippines as it is in other countries, foodies and culture enthusiasts can still try a piece when they order from the Not-So-Jewish Bakery. Its name, while ironic, refers to the baker herself, who, while not Jewish, is married to someone who is! Baked in small batches, her challah is a must-try unique offering that's not so common in the Metro. Try it today!
Cheese Rolls: Cheese Rolls By Miss J
As a nation, we've become obsessed with cheese. It's in most of our desserts and is also a staple ingredient in some of our meals. If you're looking for a new way to incorporate cheese on bread (there are so many after all!), try Miss J's delicious cheese rolls. They come in a gamut of intriguing flavours such as Belgian chocolate, cookie butter, and tropical guava. Yum!
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Cinnamon Rolls: M&Co Sweets/Marikina Vegan
Made with all the heartiness of home-made goods, M&Co's delicious cinnamon rolls are a must on our radar. It comes in the traditional style (with the brand's signature cream cheese frosting) and in other fun varieties too. These include Oreo crumble and pecan caramel, both of which have become instant bestsellers among their loyal fanbase. Try their ingenious takes on the classic sweet today!
The delightful flavours of Weirdough's doughnuts provide some look into adventurous eating. Not many would think of taba ng talangka as a viable doughnut topping — and yet, here we are. Together with exciting flavours such as kecap manis with fried tempeh, fig with sumac, katas ng santol, and even dinorado (the rice variety), Weirdough's is the only choice for venturesome snackers around the Metro.
Focaccia: Crafted At Home
Crafted At Home has sold thousands of delicious focaccia loaves — all lovingly made from the kitchen of Karla Mendoza. Each loaf is unique in its ingredients, be it with onions, garlic, tomatoes, or herbs. What remains consistent however, is the quality that each loaf promises its diners!
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Korean Cheese Buns: Don Bakes Manila
The Korean craze is far from over! Don Bakes Manila, which takes inspiration from trips taken around the world, is among the many purveyors of this delicious Korean cheese treat. Garlicky, cheesy, and just oh-so hearty, these buns are sure to delight on Homemade Bread Day, and every day!
The distinctive flavours of melonpan have crossed our seas and landed in Manila. Mantikilya Boulangerie, a Filipino inspired home bakery, is here to offer us the distinct textures and tastes of Japanese sweet treats — but with a proudly local twist. These ube cheese melonpans are just the tip of the iceberg too as they also offer other types of bread such as brioche loaf and sourdough doughnuts.
Pandesal: All You Knead By Kathy
We know you've been seeing ube cheese pandesal everywhere, but hear us out: All You Knead By Kathy's version is easily among the best out there. Their chewy dough and generous fillings give their goods exceptional flavour, not to mention great texture. Everything is homemade from scratch so you're sure to get all the lovely taste sensations that you deserve.
Sourdough: Bernadette Olivares
I don't know about you, but cursory glance at Bernadette Olivares' sourdough creations have already made my mouth water. For sourdough loaves that's as tempting as it is delicious, look no further than at this lady's kitchen. There are delicious variations, such as one with walnut cranberry, one with raisins, and one that's a timeless take on the original sourdough. Soft and fluffy on the inside, but satisfyingly crunchy on the out! Who would want anything else?
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