Last week Good Living reported on Iggy’s bakery – it was a wonderful, inspirational story about a family of bakers who have had great success in Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA) and have now moved to Sydney and opened a new bakery. I’d recommend visting their USA website, clicking on “US” then “History” to see the background of the lovely Ludmilla and Igor and their successful business. The website, incidentally, is a nice looking site, and it’s interesting to compare with Brasserie Bread’s very informative and well presented site, here.
Today I paid a quick visit to Iggy’s Bakery in Bronte. It’s in the old Hanks Jam premises on Belgrave St, across the road from the lovely Favoloso Cafe (worthy of a seaprate blog post – note to self 🙂 I was served by a friendly chap named Ivan, who apparently had only arrived from Boston yesterday. He’s a family friend and very knowledgeable about Iggy’s bread. I briefly met Iggy himself, a charming fellow, and his lovely wife Ludmilla, who was extremely warm, welcoming and I am sure Ludmilla, who takes care of the customer service side of the business whilst Iggy does the baking, is a big part of the reason for their success. These people really care about people and their craft.
First of all, I tried the bagels – they were larger than the bagels I’m used to, from the popular Wellington Cake Shop. The good news is they are excellent. There were several varieties, including poppyseed and sesame seed – and they will definitely give the Wellington Cake Shop some healthy competition. In fact, I think I prefer these bagels. Ivan informed me they are steamed, not boiled, as Iggy does not believe in boiling bagels. I will need to research further into that particular debate – suffice to say Iggy’s bagels wont disappoint. Full of flavour with a rich, heavy consistency – they will be a welcome addition to breakfast tomorrow, toasted with some Plum jam.
Secondly, the sourdough bread – solid and heavy too with a lovely flavour, just delicious. There were several sizes available in round loaves and a “ficelle” – from the French, meaning a half-baguette, very thin.
Iggy’s Bakery is a welcome addition to Sydney’s artisan bread-making community.
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