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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.
The number of dessert houses, bakerys and cafes in Cairo is forever growing, with cupcakes still enjoying the bulk of attention. Far from filling us with enthusiasm, we headed to Tiny Treats Cupcakes, situated competitively close to Cupcaker Baker in Ard El Golf.
Using a soft lilac and peach colour scheme, other than just two high tables and stools, the small shop space feels bare and a little uninviting. With a counter stretching across the back, a range of creative cupcakes are on display, along with a selection of take-away boxes.
Specialising only in cupcakes, the only other product on sale was a selection of fun, fluffy decorative banners (15LE plus) to add to your selection, stating celebratory phrases such as ‘happy birthday’ or, ‘congratulations’. Despite its name implying size-challenged sweet treats, the cupcakes are in fact averagely sized.
Rather than only providing run-of-the-mill flavours, refreshingly, more adventurous flavours of cupcakes are available (10LE-12LE). We filled up a box of six with choices including bubblegum, mint chocolate, caramel, blueberry, a mandatory red velvet and a peanut butter and chocolate creation named after the popular chocolate brand, Reese’s.
To our delight, each cupcake was delicious; soft and fresh, with a generous dollop of airy, flavourful icing on top. The bubblegum flavour took us right back to our school days without being overly artificial-tasting whilst the caramel cupcake was surprisingly light. The blueberry was scrumptiously fruity and the mint chocolate flavour-match was incredible. The Reese’s cupcake lived up to its name, with a wonderful balance between the rich chocolate sponge and thick peanut butter icing. Although equally as palatable, the red velvet cupcake was fairly tame in comparison.
Despite the plain interior, it’s clear that Tiny Treats Cupcakes focus their efforts on supplying fresh, flavourful cupcakes. Their range of refreshingly unique and delectable flavours also gives them an edge on local competition.