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Hildegard M. Keil


Gin bakery in London

Gin-&-tonic drinkers know Fentimans as an up-market brand of tonic. Fentimans’ Gin Bakery in London, a joint venture by the cake baker Pearl & Groove that was also joined by Sophie Faldo, winner of the Great British Bake-Off 2017, opened on 21 September – although only as a pop-up store for just three days. Read more

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The Bread Festival in Vienna

The Bread Festival organized by Barbara van Melle took place last Saturday (March 10) in the Hübner Kursalon in the center of Vienna. More than a dozen bakeries from all over the country showed the pampered Viennese public how much variety and quality can lie hidden in bread, croissants and rolls.

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Notes from Paris

A day trip to a client in Paris. On the way back to the bus station we pass an Eric Kayser mini-shop and a city center Monoprix supermarket. Unfortunately, a glance at the displays is all that time allows.

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Streetfood and food trucks

It can safely be said that streetfood is a global trend and part of the townscape even outside of the big cities. The origins of streetfood probably lie in the cookshops of Asia, although as a general rule streetfood in the developed countries is not cheap. Food trucks are the mobile form of streetfood and are widespread, because production in front of customers needs a certain amount of equipment and raw materials. That’s why this kind of fast food has little resemblance to conventional chip and kebab stalls. The decisive factor for the small meals that are usually offered at markets or so-called streetfood festivals is the quality and freshness of the ingredients and their preparation, which reaches gourmet quality in some places. The range of foods on offer is wide. Read more

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Europain 2016 – ran out of steam

Paris is always worth a visit, but anyone who combined a trip to the French capital with an excursion to Europain would have been well advised not to expect a bakery technology trade fair. The range of technical solutions on offer for chain store operators and industrial bakeries was concentrated at the back of Hall 4, where the hall space was considerably decreased by extensive downsizing. Most of the well over 30 companies exhibiting there had drastically reduced their stand areas, for example Mecatherm by two thirds to only 250 square meters. Scarcely any of them showed any great desire to be there again next time. Read more

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Joseph for the third time but needing development

Obkirchergasse 37 – 39 in the Austrian capital’s 19th district is home to the third location of “Joseph, Brot vom Pheinsten” (Joseph, the finest bread). Josef Weghaupt, who likes to present himself as the Enfant Terrible of the Viennese bakery sector, has again chosen one of the “better” quarters of the Danube metropolis for his performance. His first baker’s shop under the name “Joseph, Brot vom Pheinsten” in Naglergasse in the city center was followed in late 2013 by a bistro with a bakery and patisserie on Landstrasser Hauptstrasse in the 3rd district. So now we see the third shop in Obkirchergasse, although at the lower end where strolling latte macchiato mums are rather rare. Read more

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Customer service or a waste of water?

It’s hot in Romans sur Isère, a small town in south-east France, surrounded by fields of vegetables and fruit. Nevertheless, people are sitting in the roadside cafés in the late afternoon, enjoying their espresso or already drinking the first aperitif. The Le Royal bar-brasserie has a way of refreshing its guests that is also seen in many other southern countries. A system of water hoses extends over the whole terrace, with fine nozzles from which a fine water mist sprays at minute intervals. The only snag is that the guests gain very little benefit from it today, because the wind immediately blows the water onto the street and the cooling effect is lost. The intention was certainly laudable, even if not exactly ecologically correct.

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Paradise on Earth

Many of us know the classical cool, rather dark market halls in southern European towns. Depending on the location, they provide a gigantic or only a regional assortment of raw materials for the home kitchen, usually combined with small gastronomic offerings at the various stands. There is a modern variant of such market halls in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) called simply Markthal (Market Hall). Its “content”: a few offices and a housing complex (228 apartments) with a market hall as its core and a car park underneath. Read more


Sad prospects

More cereals will grow, but in return breads will turn out flatter because the cereal will contain less protein. That, in a nutshell, is the view of Melbourne University scientists and researchers at the Australian Grains Free Air CO2 Enrichment Facility in the Australian federal state of Victoria regarding the effects of climate change on bread. They expect the protein content of breads to decrease by between 2 and 14 % by 2050 if CO2 pollution develops as has been assumed up to now. This could cause the gluten networks in the dough to be less stable, ultimately resulting in breads becoming flat. Nonetheless the Australian researchers were also able to extract one positive result from the change in the climate. The Australian scientists predict that as the level of CO2 pollution increases, average yields will rise by up to 25 %. They now plan to start by breeding new varieties of wheat that are possibly less susceptible to a reduction in protein content.

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Breakfast in Warsaw

A hotel breakfast is rarely enjoyable, and certainly not if you look at the price/performance ratio. Therefore I have got into the habit of walking a few steps to try my luck in a bakery. That’s not at all easy in Warsaw since most bakeries simply don’t offer breakfast at all, nor have they yet discovered any other offer of catering and out-of-house consumption as an income source. You will have more of a chance in traditional confectioners like „Blikle“ on Nowy Świat Street or in the numerous bistros like the Vincent, which operates branches in both the Ulica Chmielna and Nowy Świat Street. The product range has a strong French influence, and a Bongard oven on the spot promises at least freshness – which actually materialized in my case. Otherwise Warsaw is also overflowing with the franchise brands that are found everywhere, such as Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Illy, Café Nero, Mc.D., Hard-Rock-Café, Vapiano etc., on the lines of the Buxtehude hedgehog’s motto: „I’m already there“.