There is something about bread making that is so de-stressing and comforting. This actually is the inspiration behind the blog name. All the effort and care put into making a loaf of bread turns into something so satisfying when the aromas of freshly baked bread fill up the kitchen. I do have a weakness for the aroma of freshly baked bread and when I was given a chance to visit The Baker’s Dozen central kitchen in Wadala, how could I say no?
The Baker’s Dozen is an artisan bakery, which are so rare to find in Mumbai. It has been started by Aditi Handa, who learned the art of bread making from the International Culinary Centre in New York, her husband Sneh Jain and her brother Siddharth. They believe that bread in India has always been associated with the white loaf bread which is easily available but is also full of chemicals. After travelling abroad and discovering the different types of breads, crusts and crumb texture they decided to bring it to Mumbai.
Sneh gave me a tour of the kitchen and explained how their bread was made. The ingredients, kneading the dough, proofing, shaping the dough and finally the baking. The team puts a lot of TLC in not just making the bread but also packaging and delivering it. Freshly baked bread without any preservatives should ideally be consumed within 2 days and The Baker’s dozen follows this policy. Their kitchen is operational from 5 AM to 2 PM everyday wherein the bread baked in the morning is what the customers receive by noon. Hence they insist you to place the order a day in advance.
Here’s a look at their menu:
I got a chance to try the Pain Au Levain with blueberries and cranberries which had a nice chewy crust with a soft interior and bit of tang from the fresh chunks of blueberries and cranberries.
I also tried the Pain De Complet – whole wheat loaf bread which was so simple but I loved it! Surprisingly light with a nice crust and soft crumb it went perfect with fresh jam. I’d be sorted for breakfast with such lovely breads.
They currently deliver in Worli, Mahalaxmi, Prabhadevi, Lower Parel, Dadar, Mahim, Matunga, Parel, Wadala (W), Lalbaug and Sewree, so if you stay in these areas then order soon!! And for others, you can buy these breads from their soon to open store in Prabhadevi. You can check out their Facebook page here for more details.