Behind the Scenes – Bakery Café
Chocolate cakes dripping with frosting, cookies over-sized beyond human appetite, cinnamon buns swimming in syrupy pools, pungent lemon squares begging for a good strong cuppa (tea). Bakery cafes are more than freshly baked goods. They are communities, neighbourhoods collectively imbibing under the roof of goodness, pleasure and seduction.
Behind the façade of the front room, buzzing with the latest gossip, eye-pleasing food is in mass production. Under construction, usually at the same time but at various stages, are culinary creations ranging from exotic cream pies to dauntingly large layer cakes. Monster cookies for java dipping await removal from big-size trays while meringue reaching for the sky requires immediate attendance. This week’s seasonal berry special saddles up to fresh whipping cream begging for a finger test.
Time-tested recipes are under constant manipulation, the standard of perfection requires continuous adjustment, a pinch of this and a snuff of that. Nothing but culinary talent combined with multi-task skills can construct pies, roll cookies, frost cakes, remove big batches from the oven, keep tomorrow’s recipe requirements current, all under the pressure of having the most mouthwatering items temptingly displayed at the checkout counter; with a smile, of course.
Fingers out of the whipping cream now!