The packaged white loaf coming out of a factory is passé. Made without preservatives, many bakeries in the city are lovingly kneading fresh, healthy breads as the demand for organic, vegan, and sourdough loaves grows each day. And they are looking beyond wheat to incorporate local cereals such as ragi and maize. Take your pick from soft, fluffy creations to dense, crusty breads and dark, nutty loaves with the best of artisanal breads in Delhi.
Here are the places you can find the best artisanal breads in Delhi –
Big Fat Essentials
The Big Fat family needs no introduction – be it Big Fat Pizza or Big Fat Sandwich. During the lockdown, they launched Big Fat Essentials. Apart from gourmet jams, dips and spreads, their collection of breads will spoil you for choice – from sesame seed bagel, handmade sourdough loaves (multigrain and whole wheat), soft brioche buns, croissants to gluten-free loaves with ragi, maize, oats, and olive oil. If you are fond of spreads, then try the Bacon Onion Jam or the Truffle Mayo.
Miche Artisan Bakery
They have partnered with a farm in Rajasthan that grows and mills the wheat according to their specifications. To make sure everything is fresh, they bake just 50 loaves a day. Their three sourdough breads are vegan and organic. The Seed Feast sourdough is made of whole wheat, roasted flax, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower seeds, and oats. They even do brioche buns that are sweetened with shakkar and light focaccia.
Suchali’s Artisan Bakehouse
Suchali’s trips to Europe made her realise that something was amiss when she was back home, and hence this bakehouse was born three years ago. Since then she has been baking some interesting breads. The crisp, crusty sourdough loaves are made without any preservatives using just flour, water, and salt – try the Olive and Rosemary Sourdough or the Toasted Sesame one. They even have bagels, cruffins, twice-baked croissants, and tea cakes to carry you through the day.
The Altitude Store
One of the first organic shops serving artisanal breads in Delhi, this store has been around for about 10 years. They do everything from rye bread, ciabatta, sourdough to simple white bread. Every ingredient is locally procured and organic. The whole wheat and rye come from their farms. They even have a multigrain sourdough baguette and a pizza base made of sourdough to provide healthy options when you indulge. They are also the first ones in Delhi to introduce puffins – muffins made from puff pastry.
The Artful Baker
This bakery turns out a wide variety of artisanal breads: Focaccia, ciabatta, whole wheat, brown, baguette, multigrain, sourdough, rye, milk, cinnamon, garlic, smith. Phew! They even do two gluten-free breads – one is multi-seed and the other is millet and walnut.
One of the signature breads and best sellers coming out of Caara’s oven is the Basil Pesto Loaf, which is a treat for pesto lovers. Take a bite, and you’ll know why – the braided creation has preservative-free pesto made in-house, which you can buy as well. Blue cheese lovers cannot ignore the caramelised onion, blue cheese and walnut bread. All their breads except the pesto one are vegan, and they have gluten-free options as well, including one with quinoa.
Delhi’s latest healthy eating option offers only two types of loaves: Berry Butter Banana Bread and Chocolate Bread Gone Vegan. The first one is made with almond pulp, organic wheat flour, and the sweetness comes from organic jaggery. It is topped with almond butter, vegan almond vanilla granola, pomegranate, and berries. The chocolate one, on the other hand, is a decadent bread made of organic cocoa. Combine it with one of their smoothie bowls, vegan milks, cold brew coffee, and you are good to go.
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Their most popular bread is sourdough. They also bake burger buns, focaccia and baguettes while the handcrafted Banh Mi (Vietnamese Baguettes) are perfect for sandwiches. Among the vegan ones, choose from buns, pao, and garlic breads.
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Choose from a typical French Baguette or the healthier Cereal Baguette, which is made of whole wheat and topped with flax and sunflower seeds. If you want sourdough, try Pain Paysan, the Pumpernickel which is a German bread that is a bit sweet or the Pain de Campagne that is made of rye flour. The Grenoblois Bread has walnuts and raisin and is made of white flour and wheat. Apart from this, they have mini cereal baguettes and ciabatta and the regular milk loaf, whole wheat, multigrain, and olive bread as well.
Did you know that this charming European restaurant bakes a few vegan breads? Think ciabatta, curry leaf focaccia, rye sourdough, onion, and rosemary sourdough, burnt flour lavash and gluten-free breads. So next time you go there for a meal, you can pick up one of these or order them online.
Mr & Mitts Bakery
It’s just been a few weeks since this bakery, patisserie, and viennoiserie launched with a range of artisanal breads. Sourdough rules – besides three kinds of loaves, there are brioche burger buns, focaccia, and pizza bases, all made of sourdough. When you want to indulge, try the Nutella babka or the sinful Kougin Aman, which was given the status of “the fattest pastry in all of Europe,” by the New York Times.
The Lazy Loaf
This three-month-old bakery in Lajpat Nagar has an assortment of sourdough loaves like olive and rosemary, whole wheat, brioche, country and multi-seed that’s sprinkled with seeds like sunflower, nigella, and pumpkin. They even have sourdough brioche buns for those indulgent burger nights and a gluten-free nut and seed loaf. You can also order cheese by Spotted Cow Fromagerie.
The first bread that this chocolaterie and bakery introduced was babka. People love their sweet bread made with chocolate and pistachios. Besides this, their gluten-free bread with olive oil, maize and rice flour, roasted lentils and seeds is also popular. The rosemary sourdough requires three days of prior notice. They also do super soft honey oat milk bread buns, espresso banana loaf, and Swedish cardamom and cinnamon buns that are not too high on sugar.
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