I have been a huge fan of Loafer Bread Organic Bakery ever since I tried their crusty baguettes at the Fromage A Trois festival earlier this year and most recently their chaussons aux pommes at the recent Flour Market.
Loafer Bread is a small artisan bakery in the heart of Fitzroy North and all their lovely breads and pastries are baked on premises.
They use certified organic flour, eggs and sugar in their pastries and certified bio dynamic flours & grains and stoneground flours in their sourdough breads.
To this day, I had only tried their baguettes and fragrant hot cross buns so I thought I would pop in to give their pastries a try.
They are known for their all butter croissants and pains au chocolat but I couldn't resist trying out one of their kouign-amanns when I saw them in the window. I will have to try their croissants and almond croissants very soon!
A kouign-amann is a round crusty cake from Brittany in France made with layers of bread dough, butter and sugar folded in. The word kouign-amann literally translates to cake and butter in Breton.
I was pretty happy with the layers of buttery flaky goodness and sugar crystals on the top and bottom of the pastry. This was my first kouign-amann and definitely won't be my last!
Their pain au chocolat was also very flaky and the top layer had a nice crunch to it, the chocolate was a bit bitter for me but nonetheless it was a beautiful flaky pain au chocolat.
I love their baguette, it has this amazing crust that has great sound and the taste keeps me going back for more! In addition to the great crust, the crumb was very soft with a hint of salt. All round a beautiful baguette.
I also wanted to try one of their handmade sourdough bread (which was still warm when I picked it up). I opted for the white loaf which also had great crust (these guys really dominate in the crust department), the crumb was also very good.
All and all I was very happy with my trip to Loafer Bread this morning, my house smells like a bakery right now ha!
Loafer Bread Organic Bakery is open Monday to Sunday (various times) at 146 Scotchmer Street Fitzroy North.