London hasn’t always been great at providing us with great sweets, it’s a city that seems to have concentrated on restaurants and the savoury side of things, but like the country as a whole we have definitely started embracing our sweeter side and Londoners are now very lucky indeed. There always seems to be a new bakery, gelataria or sweet food stall (sorry bad pun!) opening and I wanted to share those with you. One of the ways I get ideas for recipes is by visiting as many different bakeries as possible, both here and abroad. Seeing how other people do things can often spark an idea for a new recipe and can show me techniques I want to try out. This is the first part of a regular feature exploring London’s Sweet Spots, as well as those I find on my travels.
For todays post I want to introduce you to two fairly new sweet purveyors: Bageriet, a Swedish bakery in Covent Garden and Ice Kitchen, an ice lolly company who can regularly be found at the Real Food Market on the Southbank. Both are making delicious treats, both worth checking out this weekend. If you have any recommendations for places you think I should try, leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to check it out.
This tiny little bakery has only been open for just a couple of months, but it feels like it has been there for ages. It is part of the current trend for Scandinavian food and is one of the handful of London Scandi bakeries, including Nordic Bakery and Fabrique. It is small but very cosy, and the welcome is definitely warm and friendly. The bakery specialises in traditional Swedish baking so expect to see cinnamon buns, plenty of cardamon and one of my favourite cakes the Prinsesstårta. What the appear to specialise in is smaller treats, making it the perfect place to escape from the crowds of Covent Garden chill out for half an hour with a little something sweet, maybe the custard filled shortbread hearts.
24 Rose Street, London, WC2E 9EA
This new street food venture was set up in spring this year and is doing something that is at the same time both old fashioned and modern. Everyone knows and loves an ice lolly but these are fully modern, using the best ingredients with just a little sugar to sweeten. The flavours are so much more interesting than lemon or orange think more grapefruit and campari or strawberry, pepper and white chocolate. Whilst the sun might not be shining much at the moment its definitely humid and muggy out there and these lollys are the perfect thing to cool off with.
Regulary found at:
Real Food Market on the Southbank (Fri-Sun)
Haringey Market (Sun)