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Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
Bread Basket: Fresh Pastries & Bread in Maadi
Located in a distinctively competitive area in Maadi, across from Metro Market and the Parisian-inspired La Gourmandise on Road 9, Bread Basket has still managed to cling to its long held position as a popular provider for Maadi's daily bread and carbohydrate cravings.
Taking up a teeny-tiny space on the 1st floor of a residential building, Bread Basket efficiently manages to make the most of the little space it has.
At the counter they display all their sweets and treats, which include such favourites as Danish pastries and brownies; both moderately priced at 5LE. Although the menu claims they serve a large selection of morning pastries – including a raisin Danish, an apple Danish and a chocolate Danish – only the pudding Danish was available when we visited. The pudding Danish was perfectly sweetened with a perfect pudding-to-bread ratio, making the pastry enjoyable and easy to eat.
At 2LE-3LE cheaper than the gateaux at The Bakery Shop, they make a good option if you want to buy morning pastries in large numbers. Even after the filling pudding Danish, we decided that an additional sugar fix couldn't hurt and went for a brownie. The brownies are sold in individually wrapped pieces and were chocolaty with a distinct butter taste. However, it was not as rich or moist as you would expect; it tasted only slightly better than store bought ones, which was disappointing.
Behind the counter are shelves reserved for the baked bread, which comes in a multitude of varieties including grain baguette (31LE), multigrain loaf (20LE), raisin bread (14.50LE), sesame rolls (1.25LE) and cheese rolls (2.50LE). However, despite having over 20 different kinds of bread listed on their menu, only about six were available that day.
We tried the brown multigrain bread, which was coated with a sprinkle of grains. Crunchy on the outside and very moist and soft on the inside, it hit the spot. However, since this bread does not come in the pre-packaged plastic sleeves that keep it fresh, make sure you have a place to store your bread or you risk it becoming stale before you have even finished.
Shopping at Bread Basket is an experience; the bakery is cosy and smells wonderful. But the selections are limited and if you don't come early then it's likely they will be out of some of the more popular staples by noon.
Cairo has always had a decent amount of local bakeries serving the freshest, most affordable and most delicious bakes. But aside from the traditional petit four, freshly baked mini pizza and fino bread, sometimes we crave some Western-baked goodness which are hard to find in local shops –think some ciabatta bread or croissant with your morning coffee. The newest on Cairo’s bakery map comes in the form of Waltz, a new small bakery which recently opened on Mossadak Street.
Inside the small baker there’s an obvious Western patisserie aesthetic, with the choice of navy blue colour, touches of wood which added a classy touch and slightly less sophisticated glossy wall with pink and yellow leaves patterns. The place has a small table with high chairs if you want to have your order in store.
Though still in the soft opening phase, Waltz still has a decent variety of pastries to offer from burger buns, ciabatta bread, to mini bites and luscious desserts. We decided to try the Cheese Croissant (9LE), Chocolate Pate (10LE), Mango Mousse (12LE) and Caramel and Peanut butter Cup (15LE).
Starting with the cheese croissant, the croissant itself was soft, flaky and incredibly fresh even though we visited the place at night. We just wish it would’ve been slightly more buttery and had more cheese as we barely felt its presence.
The chocolate pate was just as fresh, loaded with a generous amount of unsweetened bold chocolate flavour which makes it perfect for breakfast.
While most items in the bakery seemed old school, the caramel cup was one of Waltz’s more modern take on desserts. Served as a trifle, the cup consists of layers of super smooth and rich peanut butter frosting and moist chocolate cake topped with peanuts and possibly the best caramel sauce we’ve had in a while. The chocolate cake texture was perfect but the chocolate flavour was too weak and got overpowered by the peanut butter frosting and caramel.
Lastly, we tried the mango mousse. A layer of vanilla cake topped with mango mousse, a thin layer of cream and mango glaze, the mango mousse was perfectly executed but sadly it lacked mango flavour. We can say that it looked the part but let’s just say we expected more.
Waltz is a great bakery addition to Dokki area. It looks promising with its decent variety of fresh bakes and we can’t wait to see what more they have to offer when they fully launch.