Ah bread! I can never resist a good loaf of bread, especially when it's straight out of the oven. Heading to the neighbourhood boulangerie (bakery) was my favourite thing to do in Paris last year :)
So when I heard that one of Mumbai's favourite patisseries has joined the artisanal bread bandwagon, I was naturally delighted. Theobroma Patisserie has come up with a range of breads and I got a huge hamper of them to try. I sampled a bit of all the breads, shared some of them and froze the remainder.
Here are my picks.
Kokum Baguette - this was, hands-down, my favourite, but that maybe because I love kokum! Crusty, chewy bread with tart kokum bits - it's quite an inspired twist on the classical French Baguette.
There's also a Multi-grain baguette on offer, and it made a lovely bruschetta - slice, drizzle some olive oil, rub a clove of garlic on it and top with chopped tomatoes. I bet it would make a very nice panzanella too, a couple of days later.
Can't really go wrong with Walnut & Raisin. This is a rye bread so it's quite crusty and hard. Went very well with some M.Jack cheese that I picked up in Coonoor.
Other combinations include Cranberry & Black Currant (for those who like their breads sweet) and Fig & Walnut (had it toasted with some chilly butter and it was nice & nutty).
Apricot & Hazelnut - This was another bread that I enjoyed, and so did some of my friends who tried it. It's a white bread and tasted scrumptious with the chocolate spread (see below).
Green Olive Puccia, or Italian dinner rolls. These were slightly softer than the ones from The Baker's Dozen.
Apart from the breads, there's Nachni Crackers (nice and crispy, better than The Baker's Dozen ones in my opinion), and two spreads. A Chilly & Herb Butter, which could do with more chilly & herb, and the Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, which was delish!
Since I had received a lot of bread, I stored quite a bit of it in the freezer; of course I was then eating bread breakfasts for nearly a week! Just store in an airtight container and stick it in the freezer; bread can last for up to 2 months this way. All you have to do is thaw it a bit and toast it well before eating. Remember never to microwave bread - it will get all soggy and yucky.
So the next time you are at one of Theobroma's outlets (Colaba, Pedder Road, Bandra & Lokhandwala), check out their artisanal breads. I'm certainly returning for the kokum baguette!
Disclosure: The hamper of breads was complimentary. Views my own.