Step Twenty-Three: eat cake at Swedish bakery Bageriet

10 Sep

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Cake. Chocolate. Muffins. More cake. Sugar in general. I LOVE all things sweet. So when I heard about the new Swedish bakery that’s been hiding in Covent Garden, I immediately dashed to it.

When we walked in to Bageriet (meaning bakery in Swedish) on a mid-Friday afternoon, the cafe was empty besides the solo smiling Swedish waitress at the till, and a fully stocked counter of treats. Just how I like it. We had the place to ourselves and it really felt like sanctuary.

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It took about a good five minutes to decide what to get after asking for recommendations – this was my day off, I wasn’t going to be rushed – and we finally settled on the raspberry and coconut tart and the brioche muffin with gianduja chocolate.

Now I’ve never tried gianduja, but it’s kind of like Nutella, only better. The brioche was flaked with almonds and had a gorgeous silky chocolate centre, while the tart was just out of this world. Fresh coconut shavings mingled with bittersweet raspberry chunks, on a crisp tart base. Served next to my bowl of tea on a cold, hungover day – perfection.

It was hard to choose though. I was also keen on the gooey coconut pyramid, the dinky chocolate balls, the vanilla custard hearts, the cute raspberry caves and the traditional apple pie. Most of the counter display really. Bageriet prides itself on its cinnamon buns, so that was another option too.

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Just as we were leaving an elderly man came in and bought two carrier bags worth of goodies, and it sounded like he had made Bageriet his local. He left, and then about a minute later came back just to try the savoury sandwich cake, because it was just so intriguing and you can’t really not try it now, can you?

Princi in Soho is still top of my list for desserts, but I have to say Bageriet, which opened just a few months ago, is creeping up there too.

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The details:

Location: 24 Rose Street, Covent Garden tube.

Opening times: Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm. Sat, 10am-7pm.

Prices: sweet treats from roughly £3, hot drinks from £2.

For the full menu and to read the pastry chef’s story, click here.

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